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jumpstart

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.

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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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Write. Create. Make.: A solution. Not a resolution.

I’ll say it. My 2014 Year in Review from WordPress is sad, just sad. And though the graphics are fun (thanks, WP), my work on this site has not been fireworks worthy. Let’s just take my 2014 Posting Patterns as an example…

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Click image to see the complete pitiful, sorry excuse for a report.

Posting patterns? Pretty pitiful. I didn’t have a “posting pattern.” I was in an avoidance holding pattern. Sure there was a lot going on this year, but I don’t need excuses. To be blunt: The sustained intensity of the dissertation processes in concert with the massive amount of other critical and creative…and really exciting…scholarly work I had been engaged in for the last couple of years had left me a little tired, a little wrung out to dry, and thus, a little hesitant to engage in any kind of writing, creating or making that was not absolutely, utterly necessary. And yet, I’ve missed it, and I’ve missed the rush, the spark, the energy I get while writing, creating, and making in order to keep writing, creating and making.

So, what am I going to do about it?

Write. Create. Make.: A solution. Not a resolution.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Dangers of the Single Story and Teju Cole’s Small Fates Series

“Show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.”

“It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power.”

“All of these stories make me who I am, but to insist on only these negative stories is to flatten my experience and to overlook the many other stories that formed me.”

“Stories matter. Many stories matter.”

(Again, I have nothing to add. She’s said it all. And said it beautifully. I happened to watch this while working on my syllabus for the Literature and the Adolescent Experience course next semester. It was perfect timing for me. I hope it is perfect timing for you, too.)

Edit: I do have something to add…

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