Sunday, February 22, 2009

New shape to the blog

So I've decided I need to expand the topic of the blog. I still have philosophical things to say abou foster care, but I don't have as many daily things to say. I am committed to writing posts about the daily stuff, including the good stuff. It is just that I find myself wanting to write more about teaching stuff...all sorts of stuff.

I thought about starting a blog based upon the teaching stuff but that is way too much pressure. I don't want to write a blog that people think is going to be academic or scholarly. I think I want to give my inner grumpy professor a place to vent too.

Dawn pulls it off...having a blog that is about writing, working, and parenting.

So given that I can write about whatever I want given that it is my own durn blog, what's this post about?

Well, I think I need to change the title and description. I'd prefer "foster care" or "foster family" to be in it because that brings people to the blog, and because I expect to keep writing about it. I also want to write a post on why I would love a Kindle for textbooks but don't think it will happen in the forseeable future, and I don't want that to be "off topic."

So...anybody got any ideas?


  1. Yes. My idea is this: Write. End of story. You don't need to change anything about the blog.

  2. I don't know if I pull it off but I write first and foremost for myself and just hope hope hope that some people come along to read!! I think that's the only way to blog and keep your writerly sanity.

  3. Just to be clear. I don't need any feedback about what to write.

    I'm just feeling the need to change the title. If you have suggestions about that, I'm open.

  4. I think you could do a play on the word "fostering" like "fostering growth" only better than that.

  5. I don't have any suggestions on if to change the title and what to change it to, but I am excited to read what you write in the future!

  6. I'm hopeless with titles, so I won't even try. I'll just chime in to say that as a (hopefully) future professor myself, I'd love to hear more about teaching and other aspects of your work life. I even have a question that combines the two topics:

    You are a college professor and Roland is a teacher, so I am assuming you believe strongly in the value of education. How has that worked out with foster kids who may not share that value? What about kids who just aren't destined to go to college, whether it's lack of ability or interest or preparation? Is that hard for you to accept? Do they worry about living up to expectations, real or not? About not fitting in with your family? What if they are interested in college but at a lower caliber school than the ones you teach at/went to?

  7. I think the title does not need to be changed. You can write your thoughts about foster care or anything else you want to write about. You are writing about "thoughts," whatever they might be.

  8. flacius 1551 / faithful reader10:05 PM

    No idea what you should call it, but as a fellow professor one thing I am interested in is how you combine foster care with your academic career, especially the time demands of teaching and research, and the travel issues.

    flacius 1551 (formerly faithful reader)

  9. Obviously if you feel the blog needs a new name then it does but I don't see it as necessary. You are still a foster family and these are still your thoughts. I say keep the title.

  10. Anonymous1:27 PM

    I like that you are expanding (formally I guess) the range of topics...yes, "fostering" is what drew me in initially but it wasn't what kept me coming back and I, for one, enjoy it when you talk about other things as well.


  11. I've thought about this and meant to post but hadn't yet.

    I've read for awhile. I don't remember exactly when I started reading. It seems to me you've never really limited yourself to foster care issues. So, my thought would be to change the description, but leave the name as it is. You will always be a foster family and they will always be your thoughts.

    Just a thought.


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