On August 28 of last year, I posted my opening article for Bravo, Bloomington! Happy belated anniversary to my little blog!
The stated purpose of this blog is to celebrate Bloomington’s inspiring theater and performance culture, and during this past year, I have met wonderful, talented people, promoted shows I believed in, and gained a little foothold in the Bloomington theater world.
On a more personal note, though, this blog had a bigger purpose. When I started the blog, I had just made the hardest decision of my life, to withdraw from my PhD program. For me, this was more than just quitting a job. I didn’t really know who I was outside of school. I had to rediscover my skills, my career goals, and my place in the world.
Bravo, Bloomington! was a key element to my emotional recovery. I started the blog as a way to reconnect with the love of theater that I thought I lost in grad school. I wanted writing about theater to be fun again; I wanted to be engaged. Through the amazing people I met and productions I saw, I not only found my love of theater again, I found that theater was quite fond of me too. The positive feedback from friends and professionals made my confidence grow, which made me want to do and accomplish more. Thanks to Bravo, Bloomington! I have gained a theater column with the Limestone Post, valuable connections in the world of theater and performance, a new job as a marketing writer, and a stronger sense of self than I have had for maybe the entirety of my life.
Yet, this anniversary falls at a time of great change for me, and that change means rethinking where this little blog fits in my life. Before my new job, I had big plans for Bravo, Bloomington! for this year: a site remodel, increased marketing, and more regular and in-depth articles. While I still want the blog to grow, my current responsibilities with my job and The Limestone Post make these kind of massive undertakings improbable right now.
I’m not giving up the blog; it means too much to me, but it needs to evolve into something smaller more personal for awhile. I will continue to post when I’ve experienced something that inspires me, and I just can’t keep it to myself. Until then, keep up with me and Bloomington theater with my column Behind the Curtain in the Limestone Post.
Thank you to all of you that have been a part of Bravo, Bloomington! I really couldn’t have accomplished what I have without you.