In college, I tested the waters in my first blog, with posts ranging from political rants to slices of life. After a few missteps in the Internet Wild West, where there are no rules, especially about civility, I abandoned the blog, never thinking I would return.
In spring 2009, I was back in the blogosphere reading about white dresses, DIY favors and wedding budgets in preparation for my marriage to Jason Rubinstein ’04. Blogging had come a long way since 1999. More like online magazines and less like Live Journal diary entries, these blogs showed me the successes of focused topical writing in an online format.
The writing itch resurfaced, and I started blogging about my wedding planning experience as Palindrome Bride (www.PalindromeBride.blogspot.com) in homage to our palindrome wedding date, 01/02/2010. My posts were picked up by the national wedding blog Weddingbee.com, where I was featured as a regular contributor. For nine months, I chronicled everything wedding from touching moments to gigantic DIY failures. When I posted my farewell wedding recap, I was left with a burning question: “What now?”
I took the old writing adage, “Write what you know,” and looked around my life. We had just bought a fixer-upper in Durham, N.C., and were watching several hours of This Old House a week. The Lowe’s plumbing department knew us by name. I was navigating the waters of cooking for a family and exploring the abundant farm produce in the South. We were coming into our own as a couple facing burning issues such as merging finances and cat ownership. Palindrome at Home (www.PalindromeAtHome.com) was born out of the stuff of our life. I roughly categorized our projects into Thoughts, Apron and Tool Box, then let the content flow from there.
I taught myself about purchasing domain names and storing online pictures as I took tips from my blog heroes. I hired out graphics work to improve the look and usability of my blog. I attended a BlogHer conference to network and learn from the hottest female bloggers in the country. I wrote, edited pictures and answered comments late into the night. I pushed forward with posting even during family emergencies, allowing the blogosphere to witness our woes and, in turn, to be comforted by longtime readers, now friends.
Today, Palindrome at Home gets roughly 1,200 visits per month. Building the blog certainly took hard work and dedication, but the steps were simple and merely took a leap of faith. Step 1: Find your voice. Step 2: Set up a free blog account. Step 3: Post regularly. Step 4: Keep posting.
Upon our recent move to San Francisco, I worried I would lose readers as our suburban home ownership lives took on an emphatically different, city-dweller feel. My blog friends followed right along with us as I let them in on the excitement of a cross-country drive and the challenges of turning our balcony into livable square footage. As much as our day-to-day routine has changed, the universality of this human experience remains the same. We move, we redecorate, we fail, we triumph and then we do it all again.
Next year, Bucknell will become one of the few universities in the U.S. offering a formal undergraduate program in the emerging discipline of analyzing humanistic questions with digital tools.
Professor Virginia Zimmerman, English, explores the "no man's land" of young adult literature from three perspectives: teacher, reader and writer.
Take a peek at what some Bucknell students have explored this year.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is Everyman in a dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays in a National Theatre Live screening to be held Aug. 30 at the Campus Theatre.
The 2015 Annual Student Reading celebrated outstanding writing.
The 2015 Annual Student Art Exhibition is a kaleidoscope of ideas.
During the day-long event, 24 students from 14 colleges and universities will give a presentation on their research.
Bucknell students consider how the nation has changed since the election of President Obama.
John McPherson '83, creator of the syndicated comic Close to Home, returned to Bucknell to discuss the origins of his comic and his career transition from engineer to cartoonist.
Some of today's most outrageous entertainment is trumped by Renaissance drama.
Pixar scientist Tony DeRose pulled back the curtain on the animation studio's computer-aided films.
The NT Live season opens Sept. 14 at the Campus Theatre with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Bucknell University will host the fourth annual Arts. Everywhere. Festival Sept. 5 to 7.
A new digital scholarship project will transport players to an 18th century masquerade ball in an interactive video game.
Molly Brown '15 is finding the melody in Emily Dickinson's poetry.
In the first installment of our new web feature, "Cool Classes," we see how Bucknell students better understand literature by watching Downton Abbey.
WVIA-TV will feature a documentary produced by Bucknell students on its State of Pennsylvania program.
The film, "Coming Home: The CARE Program," a 16-minute documentary produced by five Bucknell students, was honored with an award presented in October by Federal Chief Judge Yvette Kane in Harrisburg.
Twenty-three newly hired professors have joined Bucknell University's faculty: two full professors, two associate professors and 19 tenure-line assistant professors across the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the School of Management.
Bucknell University’s Poetry Path showcases 10 poems, recited in the poets’ own voices, throughout campus and historic Lewisburg.
Bucknell faculty and students are working with the National Park Service and National Geographic magazine to create historical maps and narratives of the Susquehanna River.
The highly selective, free program provides young poets three weeks to find their poetic voices.
Awards from the U.S. State Department will fund teaching and research residencies at institutions in Europe and Asia.
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