An open letter to employers/family/friends/those of you concerned with what I might write on my blog:
I’m sure you may be a bit nervous as to what I might put on my blog. You might be thinking, “Isn’t a blog a personal journal?” and you’d be right. But it is so much more than that.
Recognize that I understand my responsibility in keeping a public online space. I have the experience, good and bad, of maintaining a favorable image. I do have boundaries. Know that I will never use this space to discuss personal issues that would be better if discussed offline. I will never discuss my students or the personal matters of my colleagues or peers. Though keeping this space is important to me, it is not more important than being professional. I am not of the persuasion of bloggers who think, “I don’t want to work for an employer that doesn’t approve of my blog.” I believe my personal writing and my professional writing can harmoniously coexist in one space. And I think both are appropriate for public consumption.
That said, this blog has undergone stages of growth. It did, in fact, start as a personal journal in late 2007. And some of those personal posts still exist in the archives. However, I have edited those posts with the audience in mind. There is nothing in the archives that I would be uncomfortable sharing with my family, my friends, or perfect strangers. I believe the archives represent an authentic journey towards the place where I am now and I would like to honor that journey by keeping those posts online.
Thank you for trusting me with this space. Should you take issue with anything on this blog, feel free to email me. thereneeborhood (at) gmail (dot) com
All the best,