I know it’s terribly meta to begin a blog with a post on why one should blog, but bear with me.
I have just defended my Ph.D. in classics, and am still revelling in my new-found status of Dr. Gloyn. I’m about to make a move across the ocean, after spending six years in the US graduate school system, so it feels like a good time to stop and reflect on that experience.
It also seems like a good point to start sharing some of my thoughts about my research publically. There has been a lot of really interesting commentary recently about using blogging as a way of sharing and reflecting on your own work – this page has some great links to general thoughts on the subject, while Tristram Hooley over at Vitae has some general hints and tips on how to get started. And while I might be coming to this a bit too late to use blogging as a tool to finish my Ph.D., it’s certainly not too late to use it for getting a head start on my other research, and indeed on transforming my thesis into a book!
Finally, this is a good time for me to think about my teaching. I have spent the past year as a fellow of the Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, where I’ve learnt a great deal about how to approach teaching and some ways to make sure I keep my teaching alive – one of which is continuing to reflect on why I do what I do, even if I’ve not been inside a classroom for the last couple of years.
So! Those are my reasons for blogging – let’s see how it goes!