The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Doctoral Student (and Full-Time Teacher)

September 26, 2010

BLOGGING ABOUT BLOGGING or reintroducing rachael’s blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — rachaelski @ 11:10 pm

I am resurrecting my blog, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Doctoral Student (and Full-Time Teacher), as part of a class assignment. I created my blog just after reading Sherman Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian (which, by the way, is on several banned books lists….crazy), and I just loved the title. I am debating changing the title of my blog, since it’s no longer a true description of me (I am now a full-time doctoral student). What do you think, readers?

I’ve taken a stab at blogging on several occasions, including this blog. I first began using this blog about a year ago, with the intention of sharing my experiences as a teacher, an education PhD student, and also a person who went the non-traditional route to become a certified teacher. I posted weekly for a while, but as time went on I stopped prioritizing it. Soon after, I created a blog that chronicled my cooking experiences. That blog is linked to this one, if you look at the menu on the right, it’s the link “My OTHER blog.” I had quite a bit of fun with that one. I love to cook and I am a big fan of the visual element of food. My husband gave me some tips with using lighting when photographing food. I got pretty good at photographing my food. However, then came mid-April and May, when papers were do, and I fell off the cooking, photographing, and posting wagon. Plus, I got pretty tired of having lighting equipment in my kitchen.

Fish Tacos

For me, the biggest problem I have with being a blogger is the commitment. I am dedicated, obsessed really, for a while, and then something else happens to distract me. I think I am a great winter-time blogger, when it’s cold I am more likely to cook (and I am a champion of the soup) and stay in in the evenings.

I love blogs that are truly an interactive experience, when the blogger responds to comments or shares ideas or comments made by dedicated readers. I loved the blog Jen Loves Kev, which is a hodgepodge of blogging topics. The blogger, Jen, is a former art teacher, who just had a baby. Her blog has a great structure to it, and I feel it represents the life of half of a young, married couple. Before having the baby, she did daily “Teacher Style Files” which highlights what she wore to school. I loved that element when I first began reading, because Jen buys most of her clothes second-hand, and I had just decided to try buying only secondhand clothing. In addition to the style, she shares recipes and puts together outfits for readers looking for suggestions. Overall, it’s a fun blog.

The best blogs also integrate media. Pictures, video, sound bites….all of it makes for a fun reading experience. Below, I am sharing a video that a friend from college made with her friends. She’s also a teacher. As an Ohio girl, I have big love for this video!

Hope you enjoy this blog!


  1. Rachael, I loved the video 🙂 Your pictures really added as well. Can you teach me how to add these?

    Comment by Penny R — September 30, 2010 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  2. I can try to help you Penny, I am using wordpress, so I am not familiar with other blog hosting sites. With wordpress it’s very easy; they give you play-by-play instructions.

    Comment by rachaelski — October 3, 2010 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  3. I did figure out how to add pictures to my blog. Yeah. Next time I will try a video. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Comment by Penny R — October 5, 2010 @ 10:27 am | Reply

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