Call for participants and ideas — mid-career identity crisis blogging RT and reunion
I spent some of the weekend catching up on blog reading, rather than many of the things I should have been doing. I read blogs by people who no longer blog about academia much, but who are friends from the Old Days (TM). I read blogs by people who started blogging back when I did, and who are still blogging their academic lives, but seem to be running out of steam. I didn’t catch up on blogs in the field, and I worry about that, but at the moment, I think there are some understandable reasons.
Anyway, this post at Dr. Crazy’s crystallized some things in what’s left of my mind at this point in the semester. I think part of the reduction in blogging substantially in my case is not only that my life is rather messy at the moment, but also that my life is different. I’m not looking for my first real job anymore. I’m not hoping for tenure. I’m not new faculty. I am worried I’m repeating myself and boring everybody to tears.
So here’s the idea:
Starting around the third week of May, and going for however long we need, is anybody interested in doing a round table of sorts? I’m thinking about perhaps posts on how getting the brass ring has changed our approaches to blogging, and whether developing a blogging persona based on being prospective and junior faculty has affected how we blog now. What are our new concerns? how will/have they changed our approaches to blogging? Are we still connected to our old personae? Can we change them and still remain “us”? And, for those of us who began blogging when already secure, have your blogs changed? Have you seen changes in us?
I’m thinking primarily about a particular group of people, but it’s certainly not a closed group. Off-hand, Dr Crazy, New Kid, Notorious, Belle, Dame Eleanor, Flavia, Historiann, Steve Muhlberger, Undine, Janice, Medieval Woman, Rebel Lettriste (who can blog here, if she likes), Bitch, PhD, Squadratomagico, What Now?, Bright Star, Writing as Jo(e), meg …
Please pass the word, or tell me you think the idea sucks…