October 5, 2005

Bulk view

Aha! That’s it! That’s my thing! Research as blogging

I’ve been struggling to figure out exactly how graduate school and my
courses fit into The Great Scheme of Things, and I think I’ve just
figured out exactly how to motivate myself. =)

I’m going to look at my reading course as a series of blogging
assignments. Because I’m in grad school, I have the time and resources
to dig through academic papers and books that most people won’t even
hear about. Whee! I found my value-added niche!

Three things:

– Michael D. Pollock of Solostream complimented me on my writing based

on the Linux Journal article I sent him. “Wow,” he said.

– Mark Chignell (research supervisor) scheduled a meeting with me

tomorrow to see how I’m doing. Felt guilty about not having more
visible progress.

– Took the time to think about where I was going and how I was getting

there. Needed to figure out how to organize my notes. Quadrant II
stuff. =)

SO. If I break my big deliverable down into lots and lots and lots of
small deliverables—a mini-paper each week, with plenty of references
and fun stuff—then it’ll be much more fun _and_ much more useful.

I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and start writing! This Friday:
Blogging as personal knowledge management…