Fellow blogger MaNNaHaTTaMaMMa has turned me on to NaBloPoMo, which is not a weird new art movement or a sex toy, but rather a site designed to promote blogging by encouraging bloggers to blog on daily basis. Here’s what the site says about itself:

National Blog Posting Month is the epicenter of daily blogging! People who want to set the habit of blogging by doing it every day for a month, including weekends, can come here for moral support, inspiration, and the camaraderie that only marathon blogging can provide.

If you check this site periodically or have subscribed to its RSS, you’ll have noted that my blogging has been, well, let’s call it desultory for the past few months. No longer. I’m accepting the NaBloPoMo challenge and am promising to put up a post each day during the month of February.

The theme for February is “Ties,” which I’m taking to mean not “cravats,” which haven’t interested me since the mid-1980s, but “connections,” “links,” and “relationships” — appropriate, I think, for an English professor who’s interested in theories of cosmopolitanism.

What you’re reading counts as my first post of the month. Given the business I’m in, I think it’s only appropriate that my first post should be a post about posting.