Song recommendation to accompany your reading: Maggie Rogers, Back in My Body
I've left Twitter. My socials are currently organized as follows:
1. Instagram: I have two handles. One is private where I post pictures of my family/personal life and lots of stories of my dog in various cute poses. I follow my friends and reality TV personalities. The second is a newer account for my art. I don't want to talk about higher ed on Insta.
2. LinkedIn: I've been fairly active on LinkedIn for a while, but it is definitely still a masking situation. I'm contained on LinkedIn, which is fine. I'm still not corporate on there or anything. I'm still weirder than most. Maybe I'm nudging people toward weirdness just a bit. I can DM people on LinkedIn which is nice. I need to DM to process the world on social media. I need people I can check in with, people who I trust who I can ask, "Is that how you saw it too?" LinkedIn is beneficial for me overall.
Which brings me to this post. I did a lot of writing on Twitter. Some might not have called it writing, but I don't care. It was short-form writing. I would work out what I thought and felt about things in my Twitter threads. That writing benefitted me, and I think some people found that writing useful. I have a Medium page, but it's not the same. Nothing is the same, because things change, so the question I've been asking is, how do I want to shape change? Thank you amb for that question.
I miss writing Twitter threads, and also, Twitter threads were sometimes the place where I went to be lazy about my writing. Some of those threads could've been essays or something more substantial. I am missing that outlet, and it's also true that it was an outlet for my writing that also blocked my writing.
Medium is fine. I don't feel like people are that into Medium. There's something off about it. I don't want to make a Substack. I suspect that Substack is an pyramid scheme. If you love writing on Substack, I wish you the best. It's not for me.
So we arrive back where we started, as always. The more things change the more they stay the same. I really do think that time is a circle (go watch The Arrival movie on Netflix). I am back to blogging. I need a space to hop on and write a paragraph or ten that is mine and mine alone. I'm back to blogging.
Blogging is back. Or never left. Better put, I'm back to blogging. I want a space of my own for my writing. I want and need to write more and more often. This is a space for my occasional thoughts and feels about higher ed, surviving our volatile era, and how to create things that matter.