Tomorrow, March 4th, my little slice of the internet turns 3. That’s right, Student Affairs Explorer is 3 years old! I feel like I just started this blog yesterday, and yet, I feel like I’ve been writing on it forever.
If you’re newer to the blog, here’s a little reminder of where it all started. I got a summer internship in Oregon in 2010. I was embarking on an adventure and I wanted to share it. I wanted to reflect on the experience. Since that fateful March day when I signed up for a WordPress account, a lot has happened. I interned in Oregon, I interned at UW-Madison, I graduated with my Master’s degree from UW-Whitewater, I found a job, I moved to northern Minnesota, I started my job, I’ve traveled, I’ve gone to conferences, I have had great spurts of writing/sharing activity, and I have had times of quietness. And it’s all chronicled on the blog.
I have felt privileged to be able to write on here for the past 3 years. I am also grateful that each of you take the time to read, to like, to comment, to share, etc. I thought I’d take a moment to share what I’ve learned from the past 3 years of blogging.
You don’t always have to stick to a schedule.
I’m a fairly confident J on the MBTI. I’m a planner. I like schedules. I love a good list. I love, even more, crossing things off that list. What I’ve learned from blogging is that no matter how much I think I want to keep some sort of an editorial schedule for the blog, I don’t. I’ve tried. It doesn’t always work. What I’ve come to realize is that for me, a structured schedule doesn’t really matter. I don’t depend on my blog for income like some of the blogs that I follow. I use it as a space for me, to reflect, to share. If I don’t feel like reflecting or sharing, why should I force it? I like following the schedule of: I’m inspired to write about X topic, so I will. It’s my creative side rebelling against my structured side. I like it. 🙂
My blog is my voice.
After attending the ACPA National Convention last year in Louisville, I wrote about what I wanted my voice at the table to be. What do I want to say, where do I want to say it, and when do I want to say it? While that post was about my voice in my profession, I think of my blog as my voice in life. I have written about everything from the anniversary of 9/11 to reflecting about conferences to career lessons from The Hunger Games to my career goals. I write about what inspires me, what captures my attention. Sometimes that is a book, seeing sunrise and capturing that moment, or chronicling what my day is like. I love that I have my voice and that I share it. That’s really the important part, right? Sharing what you think. Overall, I think I’m just better at taking time to reflect and deciding on what I want to say – both professionally and outside of my job. Having the blog has helped me improve that skill.
What it all comes down to is that blogging, for me, is fun. I wouldn’t keep writing if it wasn’t. I love that am inspired by my profession and the world around me, and that in turn fuels my inspiration to write. I like to chronicle things, ideas, events, etc. I’m a scrapbooker, so in my mind having a blog is a very natural thing to do. Instead of using paper and embellishments, I use words, photos, and the power of the internet.
Well, it’s been 3 great years of blogging. Here’s to many more!
Note about the photos in the post: they were picked at random. All of them have been on the blog before. I didn’t pick them for any reason other than I liked them while I was scrolling through the blog’s media library. 🙂