My mastodon peeps & followers, esp the academic oriented ones: what's a good Mastodon instance to recommend someone create an account with? Asking for an academic friend who wants to join our group but mastodon.social is no longer taking new accounts.
@Gargron or any others who know: I understand mastodon.social is closed to new accounts, right? (assume capacity issues). So how does a new person find an instance to sign up with?
I'm operating on assump that an instance is really just a server hosting the acct, the federated nature makes it possible that one's followers/followees span across instances.
3/ CON: I'm already waaaay behind in writing stuff for main blog what makes me think adding another will help?
CON: Am I running a risk of sharing too much? Although it can start under a pseudonym and only some folks (like many of you) might know who it is, it's likely that on the Web nothing stays secret forever. Eventually it will likely become part of my identity too. Is that bad? Is that risky?
PRO: I'm now 62 & long way fr quitting, but it might be useful to younger folk.
2/ The purpose/topic of the possible new blog would be personal observations & feelings - granted much of them triggered by work situations, but I'm thinking it doesn't belong in the econproph.com. No names to be used.
Pros: I'm not much of journaler/diary keeper. I don't natively think in words so writing stuff just for my own eyes alone doesn't do much for me. OTOH, writing for at least an implied/assumed/other audience sometimes helps me let go of stuff.
My valued friends and colleagues here, I have a thought I'd like your reactions and opinions. I am considering starting another blog under some other pseudonym. I already have one blog, econproph.com. It already has kind of 2 audiences or persona: my econ writings and my higher ed/open ed/pedagogy writings. It's all professional stuff & while it was pseudonymous when started in 2008, my name & institution is pretty well known now.
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@lauraritchie @katebowles @fgraver The new super-department functions fairly well - but it's largely because the Assoc Dean put in charge of it is an absolutely fantastic manager - not a control freak. He really empowers people and gets out of their way.
that said, it's really just sharing a common support staff, not much else bft. The programs that thrived before (like mine) thrive now, the dysfunctional ones not so much.
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@katebowles @lauraritchie @fgraver Some years ago they reorg'ed the college. Cut the # of depts in half to save chair$. Using rationale that we were both in same bldg, they merged Business&Econ with Comm & Perf Arts. Tried to sell us on the "synergy". I still call the new dept "Accounting, the Musical".
Laura, your cello sounds like magic. and somehow, without the words, you've captured a big part of how I"m feeling. Thank you. 😂 💛 🙏
It's rich. In Nina's version, it feels to me that while she says "freedom is mine..it's a new dawn...", she feels it has come at some heavy cost.
That, at least, is how I'm feeling.
I'm amazed at how many diff ways we think/brains work. For me, I think in multi-D images w/ soundtracks but no words. Took me LONG time to learn to translate the pics to words. Even now when I write, I see it 1st, hear a soundndtrack in my mind, then hear a speech to soundtrack. Then transcribe the speech I hear.
Musicians are magicians to me.
Community is just when you're feeling pretty low & discouraged, you post on Mastodon and moments later:
- somebody @lauraritchie tells you they want to see you at a conference
- you find out a former student from 7 or so yrs ago, who you haven't heard from since he went to grad school has started and runs a Women's and Children's Health Initiative non-profit in rural Uganda. It helps to when students both do well and do good. http://bit.ly/2mJQbuo
The past week has been a real lesson. It's really, really tough to focus on work when you literally can't focus. The world gets real small. Hoping this heals so I can travel to London for OER17.