K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy,
You’re the only g-g-g-girl that I adore;
When the m-m-m-moon shines,
Over the c-c-c-cowshed,
I’ll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door.
My grandmother used to sing this World War One era song to me when I was a kid. More recently, my niece and nephew have learned the song and they like to sing it to me too. You might like to listen to this recording from 1918, although personally I prefer this rendition sung by my nephew, who was two at the time I recorded this.
For some time now, I’ve been debating what to do with my professional blog. I’m still debating whether to take it down, or close it off and leave it there. I’m leaning towards the latter, but either way, aside from a wrap up post, I won’t be blogging there anymore. I’ve only blogged sporadically for the last few years and while sometimes I’d love to jump up on my soapbox and write about professional issues, the reality is I don’t have the time to craft posts the way I’d like to craft them, so nothing ever makes it out of draft. I have a professional portfolio site where I post presentation materials, information about my research, and my publications list, and that site acts as the online hub for professional-Kate, so I no longer need the blog to be my professional online home.
But non-work Kate is scattered far and wide and so I’ve also been thinking about how I might bring together all of these other parts of my life in one online space. I decided several months ago that I’d set up a new blog where I can do this. I bought the domain name for this new non-library, non-lecturer, non-researcher, Kate-at-large space several months ago. And when I did, the first thing that sprang to mind was this song. I think when the moon shines is an apt name for this site for many reasons. It’s whimsical and pretty and reminds me of being a kid. There’s something poetic and idealistic about a shining moon, even if the moon is shining down on a less-than-poetic cowshed and a clandestine rendezvous at a kitchen door. And let’s face it, life is all about cowsheds and kitchen doors and we could all use a bit of glamorous moonlight to make them a little bit more fancy.
So, it’s June. Which means two things, and both of these things have given me a reason to kick off this blog now.
Firstly, a bunch of library and information types are going to be blogging every day in June, as they have done each June for the past three years. There is a whole bunch of people playing along.
Secondly, on 1 July, I go on sabbatical. Dissertation writing sabbatical. The thought gives me heart palpitations. And I’m only half joking. Why is going on sabbatical a reason to start a blog? Surely it’s a reason not to start a blog, since I’ll be spending the next eight months pumping out my dissertation? Surely I would want to save all my words for the thesis? It would be reasonable to assume these things. But I am an odd creature and the story about why dissertation writing sabbaticals and non-work blogs go together is a pretty lengthy one, and one I’ll save it for tomorrow’s post.
I’d end this post by asking you to take a look around this site. Except there’s nothing to look at. So… ummm… Maybe come back tomorrow.
30 posts in June: 1/30