In early February, I received a letter from my university president. A hand-signed letter, addressed to me. In it, she reported how she had been reading this blog and my personal work website. (!) She was very complimentary of this blog, and SW and my contributions to engaging more women in STEM fields.
I confess I was rather gobsmacked, verklempt, overwhelmed by the letter. I’ve scanned it to my computer so I can keep a copy of it, and put the paper copy in my “good things” file that currently remains rather thin. I wrote it up a bit in my P&T file (that was due at the beginning of March — I hope to get it in today), and then the rest of February and March happened.
This week, a colleague and I had a meeting with our university provost. The first thing he said to me was how he also read this blog, and how the president had been telling everyone about it. OMG. I’m a little freaked out.
So I am sharing this all with you because 1) I’ve found that while it was hard enough to blog when I felt my future P&T committee was reading, it’s a whole lot harder now that I know my university administration might be too (not that I want people to stop reading! I mean, isn’t that why I decided to do this?); and 2) those of you who blog as yourselves somewhere may find yourselves unveiled as part of your institutions’ trying to map their digital footprint.
I’ve gotten lots of material to blog about over the last few weeks — I’m hoping that I can dig out some time to actually type it up and share it with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, welcome to my university administration, and all the other folks they direct here. I hope you find discussions hosted here interesting, and that perhaps you even find time to contribute your comments and thoughts.