I truly didn’t intend to spend my week’s leave entangled in social media! But I’m a compulsive blogger. In my own defence, I don’t blog about my private life – this is all work-related. But – just as some people can’t pass up a bargain – I can’t let an interesting weblink go by me! And they come at me from all directions – emails, texts, Twitter, newspapers, and professional journals.
So this week, your music information specialist found it necessary to post links about the Edinburgh Festivals, Glasgow’s Piping Live (and the launch of the Piping Centre’s ‘Noting the Tradition’ project, which I attended), and various research-support projects that I’ve come across. Like #phdchat, on Twitter. There’s also a #phdchat wiki on pbworks, and now there’s a blogspot blog, too. I feel a bit like an octopus, reaching out to grab all these interesting ideas to pass on, in the hope they’ll appeal to our staff and student readers.
This is all well and good, but eventually I reach the stage where I feel I’m constantly connected. It’s all useful stuff, but the more I draw into my web, the more I feel I’m only engaging with things at the most surface level. At this point, I need to turn the computer and mobile phone off before I go bonkers! Mind you, http://WhittakerLive.blogspot.com is looking good these days, and I like to think interest in it is increasing. I’m also getting to “know” quite a few people with similar professional interests to my own.
At the end of my week off, I find I’ve got quite a bit of domesticity done, burned a few calories at the leisure centre, not to mention writing a conference report and turning a presentation into a journal article. Result! If I could just find the strength of mind to keep away from the internet for the weekend, I’d probably feel more rested when I get back to the office. Being a workaholic isn’t always a good thing …