Foundational Matters

William Stafford: A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them. That is, he does not draw on a reservoir; instead, he engages in an activity that brings to him a whole succession of unforeseen stories, poems, essays, plays, laws, philosophies, religions, or–but wait!

Home…at last.

In years past, I’ve blogged at, a site I founded and then gave up after realizing I couldn’t compete with the big blogging sites (although at one point we had several thousand blogs there).  Then I had a blog inside, but I had to give that one up after noting database relationship problems with the root site (the early digs for what is now  But now I’ve loaded this site at, a site I need to maintain for my beach rental business, (hey, we all [well, the 99%] gotta pay the rent).

So what?  I suppose this goes to the importance of space and writing tools.  While my past encampments proved unwise, how can one truly leave oneself behind?  As much as I may dislike the name “Joe”–as much as I tell folks my name is Ogden or Logan–I’m way too many years down the road to do a legal name change.  So it looks like I’ll be here for a while…

So what do I expect to blog on?  Well, typically stuff related to my work as a writer or professor of English or director of a large writing program.  Right now,  I’m working on

  • My Reviewers, a web-based application that enables teachers and students to use rubrics and commenting tools to review and grade student writing.
  • Writing Commonsan Open Education Resource that aspires to serve as a home for writers.

Joe Moxley