Fifteen years of weblogging is a long time, even in Internet years.

When I started this weblog, I was a Purdue dropout working two jobs. I had begun formulating my thoughts about going back to school into something more concrete, and I had a vague idea that I would finish my degree, but I had no idea I would move away from Lafayette to somewhere I had never been for graduate school, let alone finish a master’s degree on time, land an administrative/professional faculty position, and on top of that go back to graduate school for a Ph.D. The Josette of July 2000, if you told her this, would think you were being ridiculous and would have laughed herself silly, then ordered another beer.

I assure you all of this happened.

I’ve lived in Blacksburg, Virginia since August 2007 (full-time since August 2008) and for an adopted home, it’s quite sedate but not sleepy. There are plenty of things here to keep me entertained: a second-run/arthouse theatre, the best college dining in America, at least ten coffee shops within walking distance from my apartment, delivery Thai food, a men’s basketball team that is getting better, plentiful Wi-Fi access, Not Your Father’s Root Beer. And between my on-campus work and my coursework, I’m kept well out of trouble.

I don’t write here very much anymore, but I do keep busy writing in other spaces, like Twitter and Yik Yak and Facebook Messenger and iMessage and email and academic papers.  But weblogging helped me find and reactivate my voice, and sometimes it’s nice to go back to where things all restarted for me.