I’m new to Twitter. Wait, that’s a lie. I have had an account since 2009, but I don’t tweet. I prefer Facebook, which is probably a product of it being what I use most. In social media land, familiarity breeds more familiarity. Or something pithy.
I like the idea of twitter, and have logged in every year or so to try and catch it. But it’s never infected me.
Still, as I’m faithfully “building my Academic 2.0 profile” I am attempting to acquire a case of Twitter. I have a “Professional Me” account @ashaggydog and am in a following frenzy. Come visit me!
I have kids. It is school holidays here, and whenever this happens, I spend a little time lost. My youngest is 9 now, so it’s not a onerous as it once was, but I still find working at home with kids a rough stretch.
I think it’s also the nature of the stage of the thesis that I’m at now. I’m 8 months in, and still mostly reading and making mildly coherent notes. My other main job in the first year is to write the confirmation document and presentation, which I’m starting to outline now (and when I say outline, I mean it: I have headings. That’s it.). So my work is a lot of thinking about stuff like the nature of being a person, what is an adult, or how complex social security administrative law works (I’ll have to get back to myself on that one!), and this is kind of hard, even if your kid is mostly self sufficient. Even if she mostly does for her herself, she and her friends sure are noisy! And seem to need food an awful lot.
Watching Peppa Pig after a seizure last week while I pretend to work on my thesis!
And if Daelle is home, it seems impossible! There’s something about it that means I find it hard to divide my attention. I’m not sure if it’s a something I should work on and try strategies to “fix”, or if it’s something that just IS and I should accept. Having a profoundly disabled child is not just physical but is a mostly emotional labour, and maybe my thinking bits (a technical term) are too taken up with that and there’s no room for hard thinking too.
Of course, there’s the issue of my topic being at times very very close to home. Which is another entry (or ten) to come…
I’m moving through the academic social media things a little slowly, but I set up my Academia.com page today! And here it is: Michelle King. Digital Excitement! My profile is my cat’s butt… make of that what you will.