My blog reached a magical 10,000 hits today for which I thank you. In my other blogging life at Inside Higher Ed, I have been called arrogant, bitter, judgmental, pretentious, and snarky. Here, you kindly read what I write with the benefit of the doubt.
Last May, I drafted my first blog in my husband’s hospital room as he recovered from heart surgery. What began as a fruitful distraction has become a fulfilling outlet for the frustrated writer lurking within my soul.
During my visit to Sam’s Club today, I passed yet another Jane Austen sequel in the aisle. I wonder why so many women of my generation – most emphatically including myself among them – cling so closely to Miss Austen. I think she speaks to us as a generation of diarists/bloggers. She understood the poetry of the every-day in a manner that too few post-modern novelists do.
Thus, I address you as my dearest readers in homage to Miss Austen and the other women like her past, present, and future who hope to make the every-day transformational. Having an audience for which to write has transformed my life, and I hope (arrogant and pretentious though it may be) that what I write may have transformed yours.
Your humble servant, etc.