I just got back from a lovely trip to Arkansas to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday (the other one turned 90 in June– I am a lucky granddaughter!). Needless to say, it was an incredible occasion and blogging was pretty far from my thoughts.

I don’t want you to feel neglected, so I thought I’d go back in the time machine and present a selection of some of my favorite posts. If you are new to this blog, you probably haven’t read them yet anyway. The time machine doesn’t have to go back too far– June 16 was my first post– but it’s amazing how many posts one can put up in the space of 5 months.

  1. This blog has really helped me to focus my discovery of all things dance. When I started writing, I knew that I would have to constantly learn new things and find new sources to keep my blog interesting and informative, and to enhance my own background knowledge.  Discovering dance criticism chronicles my first serious foray into reading written impressions of dance. I knew I needed to find a writer that I liked and was inspired by.
  2. Dance dialing documents another step in my journey of discover– this time into innovative elements of the choreographic process.
  3. What do you want to read about? was a rather navel-gazing post about balancing your interests with the interests of your readers. Looking back, I realize that the most important thing has been staying true to my own voice. There are so many blogs out there that you don’t need to cater to anyone– if readers are interested in what you have to say they’ll come to you. Statistics are tempting– I know that if a post is heavy on certain key words (i.e., most references to TV shows, popular musicians and dancers) it is going to get more hits. It would be sorely tempting to post only about those things, even beyond what interests me about them for the satisfaction of getting higher readership. However, then I would lose all the people who are interested in my own voice and who regularly post their thoughtful and intelligent comments which is really what gives me the most satisfaction.
  4. You decide… is a fun little ditty of a post containing the viral Fosse set to UNK video that was so popular earlier this summer.