And how. I’ve admired his phrase “active resume” for a long time (which these days means about two months). Now I read his blog of May 24, and I understand his understanding even more deeply. Blogs are about “narrating your work.” That phrase isn’t Udell’s, but the analysis of what that means in terms of professional life is Udell all the way.
The writing we’ve always urged our freshmen to learn, writing that articulates a knowing self in a community of human experience both past and present, can now explicitly become what it always implied. And at the heart of it all is storytelling, an account of our works and days. That’s not self-indulgence. It’s oxygen.