Here I am again. It’s nearing the end of the year and I have a moment to catch my breath between semesters. (Yes, my life is measured in semesters. Such it is with a school-for-life type.) I’ve had this site now for seven years, and for the first couple of years it was such a hotspot for thinking, reflecting, and connecting. And then, for some reason, and I really can’t put my finger on a single reason…so, reasons…I became less and less active. For the last four years at least I have been been trying to jumpstart this site. It honestly needs a shock right to the heart.
Then I saw that Betina Hsieh has started a 30-day challenge with some colleague-friends. They are writing and posting at least 150 words each day, and for accountability, tagging each other. It hit me –> friend accountability. I should have learned this years ago through the collaborative energy of #clmooc or my “public shaming” pacts with by good friend Tim Fredrick (if we didn’t write, the other could shame us publicly as they wished)! I am such a fan of Betina’s reflective writing on her site The Life and Times of an Evolving Academic that I thought I should follow her lead. Then, graciously, Darlene Kriesel (@darlenekriesel) invited me to join in! Before diving in, I wanted to make sure I would be able to commit and be accountable to the others—as I have learned, particularly from Terry Elliott (@tellio) in #clmooc, reciprocity with colleagues online is the lifeblood and source of collaborative energy.
So, here I am. I was looking back to see what would be reasonable to commit to doing. Two years ago (where did last year go?) I wrote a post where I mentioned a very cool postcard Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) had created with a data display to account for his resolutions from the year before. So, I thought I could take an accounting of my online reflective writing to see what the hard numbers were for my writing-to-date. And it was worse than I thought. Not only have my posts decreased to a dribble, but my interaction via this site has fallen to the early day numbers when I was making very few connections and having even fewer conversations here. And that was the whole purpose. Take a look yourself.
So, what have I concluded from this accounting? I may not make it beyond the 30 days, but if I have friends willing to lock proverbial arms with me for the next few days, knocking out 150 a day just might be enough of a chest compression to get some blood flowing in this site again. So, yes, I’m in. Let’s jumpstart this! (455 words…booyah!)
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