I chose to write a blog for a couple of reasons. One, I want to write regularly. Usually when I have a perceived audience (even just in my head) and deadlines (even self-imposed ones) I am a much more consistent writer. Two, I wanted an avenue for writing using the perspective I’ve gained from over fifteen years in the academy, but I don’t want to get caught up in academic jargon. In short, I want to write intelligently for intelligent people.
All the blog experts say to have a successful blog it needs a definitive theme or subject. Hmm…I thought, how narrow does this theme have to be? After all, I am a sociologist with (as I tell my students) the social world as my laboratory. I do have a definitive theme for this blog, and I am probably breaking all the blog rules, since my subject is the social world.
So, I aim to write about the social world from a smart, critical perspective that occasionally asks questions and gets us to think. I will tell funny stories for sure, with hopes of there being a larger point. I’ll use my students, family, friends (anonymously, of course) and myself! as overtures for topics. And, of course politics (though candidates will not be endorsed) and economics are fair game. As some of my students rightly point out—everything about sociology is political because we question the status quo on a regular basis. Indeed! Which leads me to this disclaimer—I am not the queen of the social world nor do I want to be! I do want to think and write and do both of these things well.