Last week, I concluded my long epic of a job hunting saga with the acceptance of a position in the greater Chicago area. I may feel compelled to write more about the job search itself, but that’s for another day. In the meantime, I’ll talk a bit about what this means for my blogging habits and Lingua Urbana.
First of all, I have no intention of seeing this fine blog die. I credit it with partially helping me establish my long-aspired career as a professional planner in the first place. It also catalogs the “rich” history of my writing evolution and passion. On top of that, it gives me the platform I need when I’m itching to rant about immigration or demography. Who can say no to keeping that going? So, to the best of my ability, I will continue to charge forward with Lingua Urbana.
Now for the challenges. Obviously, moving from one great metropolitan area to another some 2,000 miles away will have a notable impact on LU’s content. Most of my existing blog topics are geographically local– that just makes sense, since I write about what I observe out in the field. After all, what use would it be to write about Bellevue’s ethnoburb dynamics if I wasn’t there to witness it firsthand?
With that in mind, it means that I will likely start writing much more about the great city of Chicago. Some posts will be personal– the trials and travails of acclimating to this unfamiliar Midwestern town. Others will be academic, seeking to unpack the Windy City historically, demographically, politically, etc. There will be a plethora of content either way, since I’ll likely be discovering something new everyday.
There’s much to look forward to as I make the move eastward. Challenges, successes, trials, failures, discoveries, etc. will all be documented. Stay tuned– there’s much more to come. Chicago, here I come.