I am learning (the hard way) that efficiency of movement is vital for one’s professional (and, indeed, mental) health. Each outpouring of intellectual energy should result in two or three products that furthers one’s goals — and one’s professional presence. What do I mean? Emails should be mined for blog posts. Informal discussions examined for workshop possibilities. And conference workshops should evolve into journal articles.
It’s easier said than done. And, no, I don’t do any of this well.
But, I am wondering that if we all pull together, a little at a time, if perhaps we could craft a piece together. Maybe something sleek & scintillating for Educational Technology Research and Development . I know that our lives are frenetically busy beyond belief, but maybe it won’t feel so big if we just take little itty bites and write a paragraph at a time.
And I’ll be very honest with you: I really need some publications. I need my name in print. It’s the one major black hole in my CV and it’s the one place I keep getting those delightful “areas for emphasis” in my Annual Reviews. I know this is going to sound hilarious, but I really don’t like to put myself out there as a writer or even write (this kind of stuff). I love thinking and chunking and word-smithing. But just putting myself out there? That’s a very difficult thing to do.
Yeah, I know: It’s not like I’m the only doctoral student with these kinds of thoughts, fears, or concerns. The awesome thing, then, is knowing that I’m not alone. So if you’re interested in writing an article with me, please let me know. I’m good with writing an introduction and creating an outline of the article. On the other hand, if you’re interested in taking the lead and having someone fill in along the way, invite me! I am so deeply interested — so incredibly invested — that I can taste the ink.
Wanna Write With Me?