I’ve been reading Melissa Terras’s musings on the relative benefits of presenting and representing one’s publications in social media. Today she writes about following up with journals to find out what kind of traction an article is getting in terms of digital downloads. Well worth the read and good practice.
Just read today’s ProfHacker “Writer’s Bootcamp” piece. After submitting an essay within the last hour I’m feeling less a sense of writer’s block and more a sense of writer’s burnout, but I could really have used Visuwords as I edited that essay: how many times can one write “project” in 10,000 words without feeling ridiculous? Answer: 76, plus all sorts of increasingly silly synonyms. Anyway, thanks to Billie Hara and ProfHacker for pointing me at a great new procrastination – er, I mean productive – technique!
Had been wondering why I should take notes on books in the Kindle app if I couldn’t effectively make use of them for my research. Thanks to Tim Wilson (The Savvy Technologist) and Will Richardson I’ve learned how to cut/paste notes from kindle.amazon.com directly into DEVONThink Pro (my document management system of choice).
This morning it was Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. Huzzah.
Particularly helpful advice – especially after struggling to balance end-of-term requirements and research/writing.
I’m finishing two essays at the moment – both concerning digital editions (two separate projects). One is due tomorrow and the other is … well, overdue is a polite way of phrasing that. Working on these simultaneously has made me hyper-conscious of the dangers of repetition and tripping over one’s self when writing about research. Until now I’d take on one writing project at a time. I’d be interested to know how other scholars (digital or otherwise) juggle their work in multiple formats/multiple outlets.