There is an option in Blogger--on which service I host this website--to store posts with automatic publication dates. It is, for example, possible to write ten posts that will appear online every Saturday for the next ten weeks. Rather than automatically upload my hiatus-written text in this fashion, I decided to fill the gap left open since my last post in March. This way, I will be less inclined to interrupt my older work with newer ideas, and visitors may read my work in a more logical order than the order in which I researched and created it.
In my break I wrote half a novel, an essay on education, and an introduction to legal ideas using contract law as a unifying theme. I withdrew from blogging in March because it distracted me from my novel. I slowed with the fiction to apply and prepare for a teaching qualification in English because my bids for PhD funding were unsuccessful--I devised a back-up plan and began to execute it. I researched English teaching models and the National curriculum to frame the career-path change with my existing thoughts on legal education. When things calmed, I tried to return to the blog (I never intended to take such a long break). I began to write a short post on learning, to ease my online return. ‘Short’ lengthened, and other responsibilities arose.
There are two windfall benefits from this procrastination: (i) now I have a textual cache from which to withdraw; and (ii) I may post--in a clear order--thoughts and ideas that occurred sporadically. From these two gains, I may also demonstrate an idea inferred from Patrick Dunleavy’s Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation: blogging is not wholly conducive to academia. I explore this idea in my next post.
Created: 24 July 2014. Version 1.0.
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