#reverbbroads11: blogging it out

Today’s #ReverbBroads11 prompt (courtesy of Kristen Abell) is: Why blog? Why do you or why do you like to blog (recognizing that these are not always the same thing)?

I love to write.  I always have.  I love writing so much that when I learned to write my name, I wrote it all over the living room walls, in red crayon.  I did have an accomplice (one of my older brother’s) and he’s the one that got in trouble (he did drag the chair from the dining room into the living room for me to stand on and I swear he told me to write something other than my name…catch my drift?), but I digress.

Lately my writing has been either all business or all academic.  Writing a report, job description, a new policy, a literature review or a research paper is just not the same as sitting down to write for yourself.  After I found #sachat on Twitter, and started to read some of the blogs that other student affairs professionals kept, I knew I had to jump on the band wagon.  And so, katemcgartland.wordpress.com was created.  It’s still in its infancy, and I’m still working out exactly what I want to get across on the blog, but for now, it’s a place for me to use words as a way to express my thoughts and ideas.  I want to maintain a certain professionalism here, so my posts tend to have a student affairs focus.  My hope is that my posts are thought provoking and encourage discussion.  I also hope that this forum will allow me to continue to develop my love of writing.  Thanks for reading!

And thanks, little red crayon!

jumping onto the blog wagon

I have been thinking about jumping onto the blog wagon for some time now.  After finding my way to the #sachat community on twitter and linking to hundreds of student affairs related blog posts, I wanted to contribute in some way to this community of knowledge and sharing.

Having recently written for the WISA blog (http://wisakc.wordpress.com), my love for writing came flooding back.  I’ve always been a writer, and am now finding a lot of benefit in writing for professional and personal development.  I’m currently working towards a Master of Education degree, which often means the writing I am doing is based on someone else’s expectation.  I see this blog as my opportunity to share my thoughts, tips, resources, and so on, and to do so on my terms.  I imagine most of my posts will be professionally associated, although I’m sure some will be personally motivated.

My hope is to add to the (already amazing) knowledge community of Student Affairs professionals, share my experiences and connect with others in higher education.

Looking forward to learning through writing,
Kate