I was planning to pop in here and tell you all about the lovely weekend I just spent completely and utterly free of grading, about how I was able to lounge around and drink soda and catch up on television and movies and take naps with the dog. Internet friends, how JEALOUS you all would have been.
Unfortunately, the stupid reality of Monday morning has gotten in my way and has effectively killed any residual weekend buzz I had going. A flat bike tire, a forgotten yoga mat, a student waiting for me outside my office before my office hours had even technically started — oh, Monday, cruel mistress.
It’s not so bad, though, is it? Office hours are almost done now and I can soon flee to the gym, a place where no one bothers me except for the imaginary Jillian Michaels sitting on my shoulder.
In other completely unrelated news, I am having some kind of blog identity crisis. I came up with the stupid title “Zemblan Grammar” and my even worse alias (WHAT WAS I THINKING, NO, SERIOUSLY) on a whim late one night and now I have been stuck with them for over five years. Is it time for a change? Maybe so. But what a hassle it will be to change things. I’m not sure if I should move all this content to a new place or just start over. There are costs and benefits either way, and either way there will always be people reading who I wish weren’t and vice versa. What to do, what to do?
I’m not sure if I (complete and total random stranger that I am) am one of the ‘people reading who [you] wish weren’t’ but I have to say that stumbling across your blog roughly a year and a half ago has been one of my most fruitful blunders.
See, I was doing a paper on Nabokov’s Pale Fire (how else would anyone get the idea to google search ‘Zemblan grammar’) when I came across your blog. I believe I read a few posts, became entranced by your witty writing style, and bookmarked it for later (as I hadn’t hit a procrastination lump yet).
Since then, through reading your blog, I’ve become jealous of your job situation (I hope to become a professor, too, but have only recently graduated with my bachelor of Arts in English), as well as your adorable dog (no pets allowed in our apartment). We both seem to have wonderful taste in music – concerning the independent scene – and a drive for fitness (although I swim rather than run). You’re this sort of inspirational internet ‘other’ that I have a hope of becoming myself.
The point being: without the initial mishap of coming across what you claim to be a ‘stupid title [and] even worse alias’ I would never have found this – what I consider to be – entertaining and witty blog in the entire blogosphere.
Thanks for the fun!
No, you’re definitely not anyone I’m worried about! (That statement was really more about people I have specific known issues with.) Anyway, that’s a great example of the usefulness of this blog name, which is something to consider. Thanks for the kind words.
Alfina the Precise!
Blog identity crisis? But you chose a great name!
When it comes to making a change, how different would a different blog by you be? In the end, they typically turn into a random assortment of what’s on our mind at the moment.