These days I feel I have a lot to think about. I have just resigned from what would have been a "terminal year" of teaching after my position was cut under somewhat dubious circumstances, which has, of course, been a bit of an ordeal.
I have a list of "things I want or need to get done" that are not academia related, like finally getting my driver's license. My research, which for obvious reasons had stalled a bit is also beginning to come back into focus, except that my ideas are a bit all over the place.
I have also been thinking about my blogs. In a fit of "let's try out this cool internet tool" I set up a tumblr blog a while ago. Tumblr does indeed make it incredibly easy to post images from other internet sites to one's own page. It seems to be mainly popular with young people (teenagers - people in their twenties) who often have a penchant for forming groups of things they like using the "f" word....e.g. f...yeahcats or fyeahrdj (=Robert Downey, Jr).
On the other hand it has been and continues to be a fun and creative outlet for me. I truly love being able to quickly post links to images that I like and want to to share. Early on one of "my" images appeared on the side bar that everyone sees on their dashboard, which meant that within hours the number of people following me went up from somewhere in the 30's to over a 100. Right now 126 follow my tumblr. I don't interact with them much: they simply click to say whether they liked one of my images or they "reblog" it on their own tumblr.
I have been therefore wondering whether to keep this blog--the one I actually spend money on every month.
For some reason I don't feel like writing much on my tumblr blog--it really is simply a place to store and share images for me. I did get rid of my twitter account and I don't really miss it too much--never could exactly figure out what the good of it was. I think mainly because considering how tech savvy I am (=moderately) I am also extremely "immobile". I tend to only do technology at home at my desk. I don't even carry the computer around I the house. I do occasionally check my email or facebook on the downstairs computer that is hooked up to the TV, but beyond that it all takes place in one spot. My cell phone is very primitive--I don't text or take pictures, I simply use it as a phone. And even or especially when I travel I tend to not take the computer with--precisely as a way to get away from it, to not be chained to it when I'm in a different environment. Of course sometimes it has to come with, but it often doesn't.
Just sitting here typing away is bring me back to this blog--its a place where I can share my thoughts in an online forum that is also a repository of previous thoughts and ideas. So for now it stays and I will simply have two blogs--one for images and this one for thoughts and ideas that go beyond a picture. I might start linking from one to the other more. Stay tuned!