Thursday, April 20, 2006

What to Write?

As you might notice, I've been kind of a lame blogger this week. Lists of things, the odd rambling post, but I haven't been able to get it together to write any of the "real" posts that are in my head. Part of this, of course, is that I'm in the home stretch of my semester. Part of it is that I'm really trying to do all of the things I'm supposed to do research-wise so that I will be free (ha! free) to write my paper for the June conference and to travel anxiety-free. (One thing about me is that I tend to have conference papers written in their entirety before traveling to conference destinations. Every now and again I'll make some minor edits in pen on the typed paper, but I am not one of those people in the business center of the hotel printing out the paper with only 15 minutes before my panel starts. It is, apparently, the one area in my life in which I do not procrastinate.) I've also been dealing with other end-of-semester stuff (award ceremonies, student presentations/defenses, etc.) and other miscellaneous things.

But the truth of the matter is that I think I've not really posted because the thing I want most to post about is something that I don't quite know how to post about on a pseudonymous blog. Now, I'm not having blogger anxiety where I feel like my blog is played out, so don't worry about that. The issue is more that while I'm very comfortable with the voice I've developed in this space and with the range of things that I write about, some topics still are off limits. I'm ok with that, but it is a problem this week because I'm preoccupied with one of those few "off limits" things, and so I can't seem to write about the other things that aren't preoccupying me. So. Until I A) find a way to write about the thing I can't write about without revealing too much or B) I get it in me to write about something else, I'll probably be pretty quiet and/or lame. Maybe I'll go find a meme to do.... Or invent one.... Nothing like a meme to fill the dead blog space....


Jesse said...

Hey fret not, tomarrow is friday. Friday is ripe for "lame" blog things.

Anonymous said...

invent a meme.

Derrick said...

Well, I have a question. If you could just teach, with all that would be involved in you making your classes what you would want them to be, would you give up the research/writing side?

Or is that you need that side in order to teach?

I ask because I am approaching a career transition. One option at the CC level is to simply teach (no publishing required) and that seems attractive to me.

Also, I caught that bug you have about volunteering. I am teaching 6 hours this summer and fall in addition to my regular job. Who knew blogs were infectious?