Today is the first anniversary of my blog. It was one year ago today that I posted my first entry, which was about being evaluated. In rereading that post today, I see that my blog started with a rant! I don’t think there have been too many rants since then — a few — but not many! I think that’s a good thing.

Since I include so many YouTube clips in my blogs, I thought I would intersperse my three favorite clips from the past year throughout this post. Here’s my favorite, which is from The House of Flying Daggers:

So, what has this blog been about this past year? I started it while I was on sabbatical and wanted to use it to keep track of some of my reading and writing while I was on leave. I wanted it to help remind me that I’m accomplishing things even if I wasn’t teaching or producing articles or a book right away.

I find that I haven’t actually written much about my scholarship. I think the reason for that is the impulse to keep my work to myself until I’ve submitted it for publication. I have written about some of the books I’ve reviewed for journals, but that isn’t quite the same thing as posting ideas from my book project or an article that I’m writing.

I have written about my teaching from time to time. I like posting about my classes and what I’m doing in them, because it does help me record some of my ideas as well as help me process some of what’s going on. One lesson I’ve learned this year, however, is to be careful what I write when it comes to my classes. One post apparently “upset” some of my students, who subsequently talked to a colleague of mine about it. She then emailed me to express their complaint (which I think was based on a misunderstanding of what I had written — I put “upset” in quotes because that was my colleague’s description of their reaction, but I don’t really believe that any of them could possibly have been too upset since what I had written was such a minor thing). It certainly isn’t my intention to offend of my students by writing about my classes, and I studiously avoid identifying any individuals or critiquing them in any overt way. Mostly, I write about me — there’s very little room left to write about them! 🙂

Time for another YouTube clip, this time of Paulo Nutini:

I also post a lot about movies, books, and t.v. shows. PJ and I watch a lot of television and see a lot of movies (he reads a lot more than I do, but, contrary to his teasing, I don’t think I live the life of an illiterate). Many of these posts have generated the most readership. My review of John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus, for example, got over 880 hits in one day. My reviews of The Graffiti Artist and Gay Sex in the 70s also generated a lot of hits.

Only four of my posts have been about t.v. shows — I’ve been hesitant to reveal just how much t.v. I watch, I suppose! Two of those posts, on Playing it Straight and on Agatha Christie remakes, were rants — maybe that shows how passionate I am about my t.v.!

Twenty-three of my posts have been about books. The most popular so far has been my review of Wayne Hoffman’s Hard. Due to the subject matter of this novel, for a while I was getting a lot of hits from people searching for “blow jobs” and “gay blow jobs” with Google. (Will writing those terms here again boost my hits again?!) I’ve gotten behind on my book reviewing; hopefully I’ll have time to catch up soon.

I’ve also written about my travels. In the past year, I’ve been to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Georgia, Chicago, Texas, Paris, and London. Many of my posts about my traveling have been about the museums I’ve visited. Right not, my post about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is my most visited post each day. (It is a great museum.)

I’ve also developed a couple of regular features in the past year. One the last day of each month I blog about the “hottie of the month,” most of which are just excuses for me to write about a something that’s bugging or delighting me. On Wednesdays, I blog about music (when I blog on Wednesdays, that is — I’m also behind on my music blogging). While I’m on music, here’s the last YouTube clip, from The Magic Flute:

So, what would I like to do in the next year? Now that I’m back teaching and writing, I have less time to blog. I’d definitely like to find a way to do more (maybe watch less t.v. and play less online tennis?!). I’m thinking of adding two regular features: one about food and restaurants (similar to my movie and books reviews), and a favorite quotes feature. This latter one would be like keeping a commonplace book. I also hope to write more about scholarship; I don’t want to lose sight of my original intent. And, of course, I’ll keep writing about movies, books, teaching, and travel.

All in all, I guess it’s been a good year.

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