Writing is what I love

I got into academia first and foremost because I love to write. Writing is thinking for me (and for many others, links to follow). But I’m sad to realize that now that I am a reasonably successful academic, I write less and less. I help others write, my graduate students foremost. And that’s gratifying and valuable. I supervise 14 (!!) PhD students and that’s a lot of 2nd-order writing, but it’s not the same when the material isn’t flowing primarily from myself from the outset. I’m also chair of my department and I teach… all of which increasingly takes time away from what I got into this gig for in the first place. So this blog post serves as a way to lay down an intentional commitment to myself, to take a small amount of time, regularly, to write. The writing won’t be stellar, especially at first. But the writing practice is what is so gratifying, and the public sharing of this practice may yield some unexpected benefits (as it did when I previously wrote a “Parenting Science” blog a decade ago). Here we go…