A Place to Start: DigiWriMo #1

Okay, so here we go. The first blog post of DigiWriMo. I’m feeling rusty – it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, tweeted, or even written regularly. I started a new job this fall (more on that to come) and with its 5-5 teaching load plus the steep learning curve of adapting to the procedures of a new school (new CMS, new course objectives, different types of students etc.), I’ve been slammed. Really slammed. I have over 100 English 1101 students so when they turn in their papers (5 total), I grade 100 papers at a time. I can barely keep my head above water. So something had to give and what gave was my own research and writing, my own engagement with the larger academic world, and my time spent on social media. And while I have enjoyed the focus on teaching I’ve maintained this semester, I feel more than ready to jump back into the larger conversations going on in the world of academics. I have some decisions to make regarding the direction of my research (which I’ll be blogging about) but in general I just need to jump back in. Thus DigiWriMo will be my starting point, pushing me to reengage in my own scholarship and get back into the habit of writing. With my very limited schedule, I don’t anticipate meeting the 50,000 words but here are my goals for the month are:

• to blog every weekday (weekends might happen but I’m making no promises).
• to work on a couple of “in-progress” scholarly projects that I’ve had to put on the back burner
• to make a research plan for the direction of my future research and writing.
• to reengage with Twitter and the world of the digital humanities and to find a way to bring that back into my pedagogy and scholarship (and I’ll be blogging about the problems associated with doing so)
• to find a way to carve out time for more personal writing (blogging about my family, creative writing etc.)

So, in my post tomorrow, I’m going to set myself the goal of brainstorming the topics I want to cover this month. I have a lot of ideas percolating — now I need to get them organized and get them out there!

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