You’ve got a blog. You’ve developed a comfortable voice. Your writing has found a receptive audience, with thoughtful and supportive commenters. Things are going well.
Then, WHAM! You defend your thesis. Or you get a new job. You have a baby. Or get a divorce. You move to a new continent. Your blog gets assimilated by a Borg. Or you decide to come out of the pseudonymous closet.
Suddenly, you find you’ve lost some confidence in your writing. Maybe your usual stream of topics has been cut off. Maybe you worry about the appropriateness of your blogging in your new professional capacity.Maybe all your attention has been shifted to a topic that you aren’t sure would interest your readers. Maybe your audience is suddenly intimidatingly large or less supportive than before.
What do you do? You can’t go back to the way things were. Your life or your blog has crossed a threshold, and now you are having “relationship issues” with it. How do you get your blog, your life, and your career to play nice with each other again? How do you make your blog work for you as you shape your professional and personal identity?
Does any of this sound familiar to some of you? Have you been in a scenario like something above? Are you worried about an upcoming transition? If so, we’d like to hear from you.
KH and I are convening a session on transitions at the upcoming ScienceOnline09 conference. Our goal is to put together a session with ideas for changing your online persona as your real life changes and making blogging fit in as you craft your professional identity. We’re hoping to tap some conference attendees to share their experiences, but we’d also really like your thoughts, opinions, ideas, and comments as we prepare for the session. So consider this an open thread to tell us how you’ve handled bloggy transitions, share your great ideas, ask questions, etc. If you are more comfortable sharing your comments privately, please email me (science dot woman (at) gmail) or KH (propterdoc (at) gmail). We promise to completely respect your anonymity.