I began blogging in 2006 on Eidetic Illuminations. At first I didn't have a purpose beyond staying in touch with friends and family dispersed around the country, and having a forum to publicly work through the various new ideas I was encountering in the academic world. It was through that site that I began to develop relationships with other academic bloggers including anthropologists and philosophers. As a result, I have had the opportunity to communicate and engage in discussions with many other academics at various career stages, and it has been a formative aspect of my academic life.
After several years writing at Eidetic Illuminations, and as I began to solidify my theoretical and research interests, I decided to focus my blogging activities on developing my own approach to anthropology, and political activities more generally. I refer to this approach as "Struggle Forever!", following Kim Stanley Robinson, to reflect the importance of process over product and the idea that resisting oppression and fighting for justice is an always ongoing process.
As my interests have grown, I have worked on other blogs, both individually and collaboratively. In 2013, I began working with other anthropologists in the Washington DC area to develop an Upward Anthropology Research Community with the intention of supporting research that involves what Laura Nader referred to as "studying up." I believe this is an important aspect of anthropological research that often goes unnoticed and unsupported.
In addition, I believe that blogging can be an important way to communicate the research process and inform other researchers and members of the public about what it is that we do. With that in mind, I have recently started a research blog for my dissertation project on the use of computational models for environmental management. I am interested in the way that models perform socio-ecological systems, and I take my research to be similarly performative. The blog, I believe, helps to foster connections beyond the anthropological and modeling communities in which I work.
Over time, I have had the opportunity to work with other academic bloggers, contributing to sites like Anthropologies Project, Savage Minds and Synthetic_Zero, and engaging in cross-blog discussions on books or general concepts. These have always been productive experiences, and have helped me to develop my ideas and interests. I am always grateful for further opportunities to build connections, and help others as they move through the at times challenging and interesting world of academia.