Wordherders.net is one year old today. In my post on the main Herd page, I offered some comments about how the Herd started, where things are now, and some initial thoughts about directions I’d like to see the Herd take. I hope Herders (and others) will offer suggestions.

As to the joys of blogging – I briefly touched on those when Misc. celebrated a blogoversary in March. Like then, I value blogging for a number of reasons – the ability to keep in touch with old friends and make some new ones, the opening-up of a scholarly community (in a way that I’ve not always felt with listservs), the occasion to write more frequently in both formal and informal ways, and the opportunity to continue thinking about things that I like to think about: literature, computing, humanities, games, and the social interactions surrounding each.

The challenge, of course, is maintaining the blog without letting it become a distraction. While I share some ideas about the dissertation here, I still hesitate to share the meat of my thoughts – many are still being shaped through continued writing. Too fresh to put on the chopping block. Increased responsibilities at work and with my family have (joyfully, in most cases) constrained my time and so posts have slowed, which is sometimes a frustration, sometimes a relief.

But as to the overall view, I feel better off for having blogged, if for no other reason that to have a journal of thoughts and ideas to review. There are some things I would like to have with my blogging software – private v. public display, for when I want to write some dissertation material but don’t want to share it publicly; the ability to create more in-depth category associations; the ability to cross-post on blogs on the same installation (say, the same post here at Misc. would appear on the main Herd page, with perhaps comments shared between the two posts); a better image-management system. With the recent changes to MovableType’s pricing structure, I’ve started looking at other content management software packages to see what might best for me and for the rest of the Herd. As I mentioned in my post on wordherders.net, I welcome comments and suggestions from everyone, but also especially from those who blog in the Herd and those with experience with other content management systems, so that we can make informed and appropriate decisions.

In any case, happy blogoversary Wordherders. Here’s to another healthy and fulfilling year.


5 Responses to WordHerders, Year One

  1. CJ says:

    Happy Wordherding Birthday!
    Thanks for all the work that you’ve done, Jason, to start up Wordherders and to maintain its infrastructure. Although I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog lately, it still means a great deal to know that there’s a community of writers and readers within the Wordherding community that I can count on to encourage me to think deeply about important things and to invigorate the more mundane with their own unique observations.

    Thank you, and I look forward to another year of herding.

  2. weez says:

    I’m not even sure how it started – but all the wordherders became part of my regular reads.

    Chuck to George to you? Something like that.

    Thanks for giving good read.

  3. Jason says:

    Thanks CJ and Weez.

    CJ, get writing :-p

    Weez, I’m not sure of how the connections happened either, although I think we all started blogging around the same time? Though Chuck was on Blogger for a while before switching over to the Herd. Most of the Herd knows each other through 1-2 degrees of separation via graduate school (George and I at UMD, Chuck and George before that at Georgia, etc. etc.). The origin story is on the main herd blog (www.wordherders.net).

  4. Matt K. says:

    Do I get grandfather status? 😉 Or maybe Dutch uncle . . .

  5. Jason says:

    West Virginia cousin maybe? 😉

    But of course, you get all the rights and privileges of Wordherder founder status (which amounts to, I believe, that you can luckily include an odd ASCII sheep-like character on your blog, anytime you like).

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