This website enables me to showcase my work online and maintain a cohesive web presence. As someone who has worked in public relations, I understand how important it is to establish a branded online identity. My academic areas of interest include comics/graphic novel studies as well as the digital humanities. As someone who studies comics and has written about fashion blogging practices I recognize that these subjects are usually thought of as belonging to pop culture. It has become important to me to share with others why topics like these deserve serious critical inquiry. It is also important for me to relate any relevant parts of my research in a way that is accessible to nonacademic audiences. Since I am also a freelance writer I want to remain appealing to nonacademic publications.
It is important that this website has a blog that I update regularly. Along with traditional academic publishing, blogging is a way to establish myself as knowledgeable in my field. It can be a place for less formal writing or interesting bits of research that may not end up in finished projects. The blog will update visitors of the website to any changes or updates in my academic career. It is also a way that I can connect with other creative people such as comic artists, who may or may not see my work published in more traditional academic journals or conferences. This is important because I am particularly interested in contemporary artists that are currently producing comics. On a more pragmatic note, having a blog that is updated regularly helps with your rankings on Google and might make it easier to find my work online.