Last night I spent some time talking to a fellow UCLA graduate student. He called after reading my post regarding Saturday’s game. Then we complained bit about our respective programs — as all graduate students do. He then asked me a few questions regarding my blog and how I feel so comfortable baring what many people would consider very personal information.
I answered that my blog has evolved to the point where most of the truly personal stuff never gets posted and remains scribbled in one of many paper journals hidden from everyone’s eyes except my own.
I told him that I started Lotería Chicana about four years ago in November 2001. Most of what I wrote then were the kind of things I now write in my paper journal, away from everyone’s eyes except my own. It wasn’t like that when I started.
grad school update
11.07.01 // 11:43 a.m.
I’m gonna leave L.A. and escape to the Bay Area. I’m tired of the smog, traffic and the LA-ness of this place. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I need to get out for a few years… perfect excuse to go to grad school in Berkeley (or San Diego). In other news, the Diamondbacks rock!
Okay, perhaps my first post is not a good example. But if you go back to 2001 and 2002 you’ll find that I’ve changed since November 2001. As expected, this blog has changed in more than just location, appearance, name and topics. The biggest change for me has been in developing a sense of community through Blogotitlán.
I value this space greatly because it has given me the chance to write without having to answer a particular question, thinking of grades, nor what journal article/book I need to cite to back up a certain point. Instead, I think of the people who read this and what would entertain them. In many ways, I am still thinking of the reader as an evaluator. I also realized I cite other people’s work and shun plagiarism, but rather than do it in APA format, I just link to fellow blogeros y blogeras.
Most of all, this space has been most important for me simply to use my words and get better feedback than I have ever received on a paper.
Happy blog birthday to me.
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