This is my first posting in nearly ten months. I am writing it for two reasons--one is to explain why I can no longer keep up the blog as I did between January, 2010 and February, 2011; and the second is to express my gratitude to those readers who are still visiting the site and, in some cases, commenting on the entries.
I began the blog after returning from a sabbatical during which I studied the writing lives of folks who had graduated from Slippery Rock University between 2001 and 2008. Much of the material had been drafted beforehand, which allowed me to sustain the blog even though I had returned to a variety of duties at the university, including teaching and co-chairing our institution's self-study for renewal of our regional accreditation. Now I am back to full-time teaching, which entails four sections of writing classes per semester. During those semesters most of my writing consists of responding to the work of my students.
People are still visiting the blog, reading entries, and occasionally commenting on their content or, more generally, on the educational value of the blog itself. I am grateful for those readers and I hope they continue to appear. For my part, I will continue to visit the site myself, to delete the spam comments and to respond when I can to queries and observations. When I began the blog I was hoping it would contribute to ongoing conversations about public and persuasive writing by college graduates, and about what that writing could tell us about current undergraduate writing instruction. I could have placed the blog on one of the commercial web log creation sites, but I wanted it to have a direct affiliation with my university. The blog's URL hasn't helped its accessibility, which makes me doubly grateful to those who have found it and read postings. Thank you again.