Now that I’ve returned to writing this blog with some regularity, I’ve begun to have a sense of the directions I hope to take it—or it to take me. My present thoughts are to write more regularly.
I have just finished rereading Janet Majure’s wonderful Teach Yourself Visually WordPress, and have benefited much from studying online WordPress instructional resources. Consequently, I feel I now have an ability to master and manage this WordPress.com blogging software. Once the semester ends I’ll have a summer free to think, read, write, and reflect before my teaching obligations of year # 36 at Carroll resume.
I’m thinking that one distinct thread of writing I want to explore will deal with technology applications to higher education. Another will have the theme of “David in Carroll Land” (perhaps co-authored with invited students, alumni, or other members of the Carroll family). A third will deal with whatever comes to mind (as has been in the past). Some of my most creative bursts of ideas are engendered after a long summer’s day of manual labor cutting grass, chain-sawing, and being engaged in other outdoor physical or recreational activity.
A fourth focus will deal with contemporary or local issues, and a fifth will just be intended to provoke thinking.
I welcome any reader feedback about these new directions. Am I being too ambitious? Will I have any readers? Is this a positive direction to go—or is it, in fact, directionless?
Blogs post topics that I’ve been considering writing about in the near future include:
- How can students best be served by academic advising?
- My last lecture (things I would finally say)
- Thank you, Diederik Stapel, for the lessons you taught me by your dishonesty.
- Global Education
- My most (in)formative learning experiences
- Lessons learned from Robin the Newf
- (Oh) Dear Carroll Alumni
- On Immortality
- How technology can distance/enable/empower/enslave us
- Reaching out, reaching within
- The man who loves
- Loss of innocence
- The psychology of … (curiosity, religion)
- Why I
don’tgive a Twit
- Where do writing ideas come from?
- What I wanna be when I grow up?
- Distinguishing Science from Pseudo Science
- Language—Leaving no Rosetta stone unturned
Which of these would readers like to see and, hopefully, discuss? I welcome your input, encouragement, or evidence that i have a readership.