Not all of our reading is necessarily productive reading. In fact, some of it is downright garbage. For example, despite having no interest in their media empire, and even less belief that they contribute anything of value to the universe, I, somehow, have quite an extensive file of Kardashian knowledge in my brain. This is actually quite a feat, if you ask me, given that I have never watched any KUWTK television (or any of its BS iterations). See what happens is, that I click on something that promises to be mildly funny/entertaining/thought-provoking/etc on The Facebook or The BuzzFeed. And next thing you know, a click or two later and now I know all about the controversy about Kylie Jenner’s (she is part of the Kardashian tribe) new lip kit (spoiler alert: word on the street is that the thing that she is charging $29 for on her website is some $6 drug store brand.) THE SHOCK. THE HORROR. And I am like, “Well, maybe she didn’t know that her lip kit…”
This cannot continue. It cannot- because in reality there is nothing that any Kardashian/Jenner will do that will matter. At all. Ever.
In an effort to reclaim some of that intellectual bandwidth, I have been seeking out more sustaining content. Here I share with you the product of these efforts.
ProfHacker: Housed at the Chronicle of Higher Education, ProfHacker covers a wide range of topics, including teaching, tech, and productivity. There are the usual posts that you would expect in such a blog (like Tools for a Productive Workflow), but also some other great kinds of posts. These include explorations with “specifications” grading, NearPod for classroom polling, and creating new habits with apps.
Patter: Curated by Pat Thomson, a professor at the University of Nottingham, Patter is a wonderful resource on research and writing. Some great recent posts include, the reading and writing that no one sees, giving feedback on a paper, and writing a publishable review paper.
Explorations of Style: Written by Rachel Cayley, a professor at the University of Toronto. Her “For New Visitors” landing page is a masterful list of the topics that most academic writers encounter on their journey, and is an absolute gem. There is something for everyone here, from the experienced academic writer, to the haggard advisor slugging through paper after paper of underwhelming and undeveloped writing. She has sections on productivity, mechanics, revising, audience, identity, etc. Put this in your feedly!!!