I run because it is the only way I know how to quiet the monster. – The Oatmeal
2. The Blogger Behind the Blog
Oh, Lord. This is my worst nightmare question. This is the first day of class “Introduce yourself and tell the Class a bit about yourself” moment. For someone who is awkward around strangers that was the very worse moment of every single class ever. But here goes nothing.
I am a stay at home, recovering academic. I taught at both large universities, small universities and local community colleges. My area was Sociology with a specialization in Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency and Social Deviance. I have lived all over, Long Island, NY, Washington, DC, Tucson, AZ and now West Virginia.
Anyone who has ever been to grad school knows that reading for pleasure falls quickly by the way side. You still read all the time but nothing that is fiction or fun.So I went from reading fiction all the time to never picking up anything but textbooks and academic reading.The first few years of teaching are also a blur of student work and research papers. When I quit teaching the first time it was to raise my girls. Well, anyone who has had small people enter their lives will tell you that that is also not conducive to reading. “The baby is sleeping, then so am I.”
About 7 years ago, I was able to pick up reading again and until last year I was hitting 50 books easy, some years topping 100. This year I have not read nearly that much. Many things have contributed to it. But running has been the major thing. As i mentioned I will be talking about how this sit on the couch with a tea and a book person became a spend two hours a day running and working out person.
I am reading and reviewing again. I am running and Instagraming. However I am not posting. So I am going to give #BookBlogWriMo 2015 a go, with the feeling that blogging is a habit and 30 days make a habit no matter when you start.
1. History of your Blog
I mentioned this a few weeks ago when after a long break I decided to re-name the blog and start posting again. I have a series of posts that I am going to start in the new year called “A Whole New Me with Books.” Which will talk about the how and why of the change in focus, but the change in title really sums it up. This space used to be West Virginia Red Reads. Now it is West Virginia Red Reads and Runs.
I am taking parts of my life back and reading more for the pleasure of it and not the escaping into it. This means there are fewer memes about reading and in the new year more posts of a substantive nature. I will probably focus on Mileage Mondays (running) and Top Ten Tuesday (reading) for meme-age. I am not sure what I will fill the other days with but I am hoping you will come along for the ride.