And lo, there was a blog. By popular (well, at any rate, more than one person) demand, this is the official “Liz’s Adventures in Gradland” blog. The goal here is twofold.
1) I can keep in contact with you and, more importantly, you can keep in contact with me without relying on old fashioned communication methods like email. This way, you’re all able to remain aware of interesting (and, let’s be honest, less-interesting) things that go on in my life, even when we’re separate by a landmass or a landmass and an ocean (or a landmass and an ocean and another landmass). This does not mean I won’t answer emails. This does not mean I will refuse to answer the phone (err, more than usual), but it does mean that if you’re curious about my day to day life, this is a great place to start.
2) I like to write and my writing muscles need some good stretching. I have not written much recently that hasn’t been in the style of an academic article, nor does that look likely to change in the near future. So blogging gives me an opportunity to write narrative nonfiction. I will try to be witty, erudite, interesting to read and responsible about updating regularly, but if I manage more than two of those four, I will be shocked. (Mind you, the more comments I get, the more likely it is that the last two possibilites will be achieved, so…)
Blog begins now. I can officially say this because I am, in fact, on the West Coast for the second time in my life. Granted, it’s in the San Francisco Airport, but it’s a start. Also, they have free wifi, which means I already like them significantly more than JFK or LGA. I understand paying for wifi on the plane, but in the airport? Really, New York area airports? All SFO wants me to do is take a survey before logging in, which I think is a brilliant way to get people to fill out questionnaires (which no one ever wants to do). Of course, now that I have the free wifi, I don’t have anything useful to do. But I have it, and that is the important thing!