Then Ancrene Wiseass.
And now New Kid.
More and more of the bloggers who got me into this thing — indirectly or directly — seem to be taking blogging sabbaticals. And Eileen Joy at In the Middle asked if we all had blog ennui, or what?
I have to say, I’m a little bit with all of these folks in some way or another. Bérubé talks about how much mental time blogging takes up — even when you’re not doing it; Wiseass* says she worries that blogging has become “something rather more official, high-profile, and authoritative than it used to be,” and therefore not what she needs it for (and Eileen takes this up in her post); and New Kid suggests that she feels guilt when she doesn’t blog.
I get it. I totally get it. At one time or another I have felt all those things. And now I feel a bit like I’m being a hanger-on at a party that’s winding down, especially since Wiseass is most directly the reason I got into blogging, first by reading a now defunct blog she had some time ago when I was in my first year on the tenure-track and just trying to keep in touch with all my far-flung friends. And it’s her blog that led me to Bérubé and New Kid.
But, of course, there are still a lot of you lovely people out there and new blogs popping up all the time — just look at my blogroll! — and my RSS feed is constantly updating. So this party certainly is not over yet.
Besides, I have lots of stuff to talk about, including topics that may actually interest other people. For one thing, I had a *great* teaching week this past week and I felt great energy in the classroom, and I wondered if undergraduate teaching, which is all I’m doing this semester, just does that more than graduate teaching (which is all I did last semester). Maybe I’ll post more on that tomorrow, because there are other factors involved and of interest (like class size and setting).
And in other news, next week I’m meeting with my chair to talk about planning for possibly going up for tenure a year early next year, and planning all that out. I may also still go on the market again — at the same time — next year, depending on just how unwelcome our new administration continues to make folks feel who aren’t in applied sciences or professional programs, and how Bullock and I would be able to swing it. There’s a lot to talk about there, both personal and professional.
And I’m still trying to figure out how to talk about what makes me cranky about stuff around here — and how it’s really not just local, either — without shooting myself in the foot. My “speaking for the dead” post was just a start.
So I’ve got things to say and I’m sticking around. But sometimes it takes me a little while to formulate it or to find the time to say it. My blog has always been a once-every-few-days blog, but I thought I should re-iterate that, given all these other leaves of absence.
*I know most people address her as Ancrene, but I’m a pedant here. The title she puns on, Ancrene Wisse, means roughly “A Guide for Anchoresses,” with “Wisse” being the guide. So therefore, “Ancrene Wiseass” should mean “A Wiseass for Anchoresses,” thus making the blogger Wiseass. Besides, she *is* a wiseass. 🙂