September 16, 2013 by Kathryn Kuttis
Back when I was working as a PR force in New York City, before I had a degree in landscape architecture and two beautiful girls, I always wanted to be a writer. I still do. My shelves have how-to books on becoming a writer and it is not unusual for me to feel a pang of jealousy when I read the Sunday Book Review in The New York Times. My favorite read is a good first novel. I think everyone has at least one inside them just waiting to get out.
Based on my BA in English and experience in PR, I’m a confident business and academic writer. These feel safe. They keep my voice at a distance from the reader. But blogging is scary territory. I mean without a professional agenda, I could write something really embarrassing or reveal information that I don’t necessarily want other people to know about me. That’s true but I’ve decided to embrace transparency so that I can be part of the conversation. (applause)
Besides, this is a professional blog. I’m entering the blogosphere to communicate with my University of Oregon students. In just two weeks, I’ll start to teach Advanced Public Relations Communications for the first time. The class explores blogging as a public relations tool and I didn’t want to pass up the chance to learn more about it myself.
So here I am blogging. It feels like a casual cousin to the other forms of writing that I know. That might be a good sign.