PS: #PFR = Precarious Faculty Rising; "network" because it is.
Already I'm blogging more. Not blogging was a sure sign of my discontent. Facebook-busy was just an excuse, albeit not a bad or entirely invalid one. 84 posts in 2013, 202 in 2012. Even bloggers living in a houseboat on the Nile can't deny that message. There are 4-5 posts in draft, reblogs that I need to add copy to and several more in my inbox.
Other recap: numbers are back up on A new faculty majority and more followers too, not as many posting comments but I'm OK with that as long as they are still reading. I'm not as diligent as Ana Mª Fores (Adjunct Justice) is about replying to every comment. We've been informally tracking our personal post and content tendencies for patterns and natural preferences. Overall, they are distinct (as are our individual voices) but overlapping and each complementing the other.
In general, we both post more about issues outside higher ed than many contingent faculty or higher ed labor pages and share interest in both K-12 and international education. Ana is particularly committed to immigration issues and the Dreamer movement. Expect to see that reflected in her editorial choices. My pages and blogs will cover more ed-tech and online ed—and have already started. The issues and trends are too important to ignore or dismiss out of hand. Eventually, we'll probably write something about our editorial bent...I would not go so far as to call them policies.
Casualties: I deleted the moderately popular (on Twitter streams) Paper.li's (HigherEd Daily, Notes from an Adjunct Underground , Welcome to the Precariat and Precarious Faculty Daily) for "branding" (ugh, how I hate that expression!) and name reasons. No amount of editing or renaming would change the URL. I intend to re-issue several from scratch under the @precariousfac and @VCVaile handles. All were overdue for makeovers anyway. Accounts are Twitter based, as are aggregation algorithms.
MOOC Madness and As the Adjunctiverse Turns, continue as usual, primarily re-blogging WP. The blogging string is rather a jumble I'm not sure I could explain even to myself. Along with Scoop.it and Pinterest, it remains more personal than academented and distributed across multiple networks.
An addition to the
Storify, the static web page, Mountainair Online (domain of my own), social bookmarking sites/services, NetVibes the super-sized, all purpose, public/private aggregator, and — last but never least — the ubiquitous rss reader underpinning and feeding them all fit in here somewhere too, perhaps together as hubs — overarching organizers — despite differences.
I never did get to this projects, focus areas, upcoming events/topics, mission, etc — another post, another time — but soon. So much for my resolution to write shorter posts. The short version: here it is — now what to do with it?