Back in 2005 I started a blog and I kept it up for about four years. I’m not going to link to it here, although it might come up in subsequent posts or conversations, but for its run, it really served me well. I made lots of posts. Some of them were even interesting! I had readership. Some awesome people I didn’t even actually know! So it was good, but then it became not as good. I don’t know what it was, but around January of this year, I ended it. And I was mostly ok with that.
Over the summer I realized I missed the writing. I missed the bloggy conversations. I just missed it all. I toyed with the idea of blowing the dust off the old blog with a “Hey I’m back did you miss me?” post, but that didn’t seem – I don’t know – right. Part of the reason I stopped blog #1 was lack of focus. The first blog started out as an experiment for work, actually. The library where I was working was in the early stages of blogging, and in order to find out what it was all about, I started my own. Early posts were somewhat work-related, library-related, with a bit of “me” thrown in for good measure. Later the focus turned more to me and my thoughts, with a few library thangs thrown in for good measure. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but after awhile, the fire went out. Until now.
So why the Urban Info Girl? Well, as I said, I needed to refocus, and so I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to blog about. When I got right down to it, the things that meant a lot to me, that – if you will indulge me a bit – defined me, were all right there in that moniker. It seemed perfect! Urban – well, I grew up in and continue to live in a large-ish urban centre in Ontario. City girl, city slicker, whatever you want to call me, it fits. I am unabashedly urban, and urbanness (urbanicity?) matters to me. I love the city where I live, I am fiercely proud of its history and excited for its future. Amazing things are being done on a daily basis in this city, and although it may be reviled (too harsh?) by others, my roots run deep. The city will feature prominently, guaranteed. Info – short for information, of course. I am a Library & Information Technician – or LIT, which come on, is that not the best series of letters to have after your name? Think about it: Your Name, LIT. I love it. But besides that, it’s what I do, and in some respects, what I am, although I hesitate to be defined by my job, but there you have it. I have worked in a variety of libraries over the past 15 or so years, so the info part fits well there, but I also have a vast untapped store of useless information and knowledge in my brain, which I bust out on occasion, causing most people in my presence to go “Dude, how do you even know shit like that? And why??” It’s a gift. Lastly, Girl – again, it’s what I am. I suppose I could have gone with woman, and I thought of that, but I identify more as girl. So combined with Urban and Info, Girl topics will include, but are not limited to, music and fashion, feminist issues, motherhood, work and career, my own insecurities, books I like, the slippery slope to menopause and much, much more! It’s like having three authors of one blog, only it will just be me. And just to be clear, I won’t be tagging posts based on which portion of me is doing the writing at the time. That would be silly, because it’s all connected. Get it? Urban girl, girl info, urban info, info girl…or any combination thereof. Don’t worry, I’m not exactly sure about it yet either. But we can blaze the trail together.
So welcome (or welcome back). The UIG is in the house, y’all.