I’ve contemplated starting this blog for a long while. I’ve brushed the project off until now for several reasons: I’m a full-time student, I work full-time, and my social life is already suffering as a result of the previous reasons.
The blog that I initially envisioned was one with frequent updates, a broad array of topics covered, and several related side-projects that would build content; all clearly too ambitious given my current time constraints. Blog vision 2.0 is one of weekly updates and topics constrained to Earth science within the Pacific Northwest. My intention is less to inform the public, and more to motivate myself to more deeply explore the topics that interest me. I’m selfish like that.
For the curious: I am a resident of Portland, Oregon and, like many people in the area, am deeply in love with my home. I’m originally from the midwest, where I spent most of my life. My first degree is in broadcast journalism, but I am now a student at Portland State University, seeking a degree in Earth science. My original intention was to get a degree in geology, but I quickly became enamored of the generalist approach of the Earth science program and revised my plans.
My hobbies include hiking, backpacking, photography, and looking for excuses to try new beer and wine. It’s reasonable for you to expect many of my posts to be related to those topics.
My hiking hobby, in fact, is the reason I returned to school. I’ve hiked most of the trails that are reasonably near my home, and found myself getting bored seeing the same sights again and again. What I realized was that I was failing to recognize the nuances of the forests, the grandeur of the seemingly banal rocks underfoot, and the remarkable interactions within the wildlife communities I so frequently visited. So, a return to school seemed like a logical step to take to maintain my passion for the outdoors. And so it has proved to be.
As for your role in all of this, my reader, I hope you’ll find occasion to comment on my posts and enlighten me in the areas of your expertise. Surely, I will be wrong in the content of my posts occasionally (or maybe often), and I welcome corrections and suggestions, so don’t be shy.
So, welcome! I hope you enjoy this blog.