Hi everyone! It’s good to be back.
At first, I was worried when I read the prompt for our first blog post. I instantly knew that one of my communities would be The Michigan Daily, but was petrified that I somehow floated through three and a half years at this university without joining a single other writing community. Once I calmed down, though, I realized that quite a few of my experiences on campus could be considered involvement in a writing community.
I have spent most of my time on campus at the Daily, and I couldn’t be more happy in my decision to do so. I covered the softball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball and football teams over the past few years and it has taught me so much. Also, sitting through this guy’s pressers has been a fun time.
I cringe when I go back and read my articles from my freshman year, but I’m also happy to be aware of the improvements I’ve made in my writing. I also really enjoy helping new writers as a senior editor at the paper and trying to make them cognizant of the pitfalls I committed when I was their age. The Daily engulfed my life for a while there, so it will be strange to sit back this semester and just relax now that football season is over.
The main community that interfered with my sports writing would have to be the psychology community. After reading through a few others’ posts, I know I’m not the only one who experienced difficulty transitioning between APA caveats and other kinds of writing. One time last semester, I finished a developmental psychology grant proposal and then went to write a sports column. I submitted it later, thinking that it looked good, but another editor pointed out all of the academic language I was using in my supposedly casual article. I had to slowly rework the entire thing, but that just goes to show you how beautifully expansive writing can be.
There are countless types of writing, and I’m hoping to expand upon my writing experiences, which have been overwhelmingly journalistic. Adding to my experience with straight-laced writing is my internship in the corporate communications department of Blue Cross Blue Shield two years ago. AP style 4 lyfe.
Looking forward to learning from everyone this semester!