Monday, March 1, I will begin writing daily columns for this blog. I haven’t settled on the topics quite yet, but so far, the week looks like this:
|Monday||Education & Other Professional Things||I would like to use Mondays to write about education policy. However, there is a rather draconian ethics policy at my place of employ that may preclude or severely limit what I can say; I’ll be looking into it later this week.|
|Tuesday||Local News and Commentary||I don’t pretend that anyone cares what I think about Iowa City, but I’ll say it anyway.|
|Wednesday||Poetry||I don’t pretend that anyone cares what I think about poetry, either, but in this case I might chicken out before next Wednesday comes. I mean, what have I to say to poetry besides, “Consider using this word instead of that one.”|
|Thursday||Memoir?||Meh. I’d appreciate any other ideas you have. Really.|
|Friday||?||I’d appreciate any ideas you have here, too. If it helps, my thinking is along the lines of Kevin Drum’s tradition of Friday Catblogging. I would say baby blogging, but how interested in that could you be?|
Two other points:
- Weekdays only because no one reads blogs on the weekend.
- A topical daily post does not a daily theme make. This is, after all, the Internet—the wild west of vanity publishing. I will maintain my right to publish any damn thing I want at any time to my dying breath!1 No, this is about giving myself assignments and a writing routine because, so I am told, routines are how people who write for a living actually get any better.2 Routines are also how people who write for a living say they get anything done. So, establishing a routine is what this is about. With accountability. (That’s you.)
1 So long as it doesn’t conflict with the ethics policy.
2 Why becoming a better writer by editing other people’s work is difficult if not impossible is not a bad post idea. I think the answer is tied to this, but I’ll need some time to work it out.