August Blogcation


Dear readers,

Yes, we can stop pretending that summer break is actually a break in academia.  If anything, the summer months are an opportunity to shift one’s priorities.  In my case, it’s a time to make research my only major task, while I continue with some academic and community service to avoid the monotony of research alone.  Occasionally I work on my fall classes to avoid the mad-dash to get ready in August.  I’ve also learned that self-care is crucial in the summer, perhaps even more so than during the fall and spring semesters.  I will not be relaxed come late August just because I didn’t teach for three months; rather, I run the risk of being just as burnt out as I was at the end of the spring semester if I do not take a proper vacation.  (And, I will be taking one in August.)

With that said, I will be taking a one-month vacation from the blog, and social media in general.  Inspired by Fabio Rojas’s “blogcation” and Tanya Golash-Boza’s “information diet,” I have decided to take some time away from the unpaid labor of writing about academia, professional development, and social inequality, and, more specifically, the emotionally-draining battle against critics, trolls, and bigots.  I aim to preemptively avoid the mistake that many advocates and activists make in failing to prioritize self-care.  As much as “slow-boil activism” frustrates me, I am painfully aware that we must also take the long-view in our careers and in our efforts to make a difference.  Much work remains to make academia an inclusive and humane place, and to make academic knowledge and research accessible beyond the ivory tower, so I want to be along for a long, long time.  I will return to the blog, and social media in general, in September.

In the mean time, please check out a few recent posts:

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