Getting Started Again

Hello! If you’re new, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Jay. I think I have a few more pen names floating around the Internet, but “Jay” is the one I’ve used the most.

It’s confusing, I know. I wish I could write more openly, but I’m a teacher, and my students are old enough to do a quick Internet search. The Internet is one of the few places where I can be outspokenly Christian, outspokenly gay, and outspokenly conservative all at the same time. If I didn’t use a pseudonym, my students could read about all of that stuff. I doubt I’d lose my job over it, but it would still be an unwelcome distraction.

So, I’m a chaste, gay, conservative Christian. Actually, most political quizzes, like this one, tell me I’m an “average independent.” I hate being an “average” anything, but I’m a registered Democrat who tends to vote Republican, so I guess that makes sense.

I used to write this other blog back when I was in college; it got a lot of hits and made me famous in the emerging chaste, gay, conservative Christian blogosphere. OK, not really. But it did help me meet a lot of interesting people, many of whom have become good friends. We’re not just “like each other’s Facebook statuses” friends; we’re “get in a car, find random weekends to visit each other, call each other when we’re feeling blue, and send birthday and Christmas cards” friends. That has honestly been special.

Although Adventures of a Christian Collegian is six years old, I still think of it very fondly. Even though I went through a lot of angst back while I was writing it, I had a lot of fun maintaining that blog. Although I’ve been a graduate student and working adult for the past two years, I’ve periodically felt the urge to start blogging again. I did attempt another blog. It started off well, but it ended up chronicling my adventures in depression. Other than that, I’ve stayed away from the blogosphere.

Now that I’m mentally in a much better place, I think it’s time to start blogging again. I am a schoolteacher, and I’m also finishing up my master’s thesis, so this blog might end up getting buried under the weight of all my other responsibilities, but I certainly hope not. Blogging is a great chance to vent, and even when I’m lesson planning, grading papers, and turning in a revision to my thesis adviser for the 30th time, I can always take a short break to vent. I hope whoever reads this enjoys the ride!