Hello again, dear reader!
It’s been a long time again. Where does the time go? I’ve been trying an experiment for well, months now. If I engage with the community a bit less, and care for my own learning, about code, journalism, cooking, drawing and well, everything, am I pursuing The Mission less? Will all be forgotten?
A resounding “No”! This work-life balance thing everyone is always on me about; it’s actually quite delightful. And I think I’m better at my job, as well as paying it forward, when bring some balance into my life. Work hard, yes, but work smart. It’s amazing how much pressure there can be, mostly self-propelled, to constantly be visible. And perhaps a bit of fear that if I stop talking, I’ll somehow be found out as not maintaing what makes me who I am, and living the life I love. Plus the fear of the silence. But there will always be more, and getting worn out (not that I was close) doesn’t help anyone. I’ve been seeking to improve in so many ways personally and professionally. Without getting specific, I’ll just say I’ve learned a lot about the power of single-tasking, deep thought and concentration.
And then, I hit late February. In the space of a few weeks, I did a Hacks/Hackers lightning talk, a presentation at NICAR, assisted at two Hacks/Hackers scraping workshops, and led a scraping workshop at Journalism Interactive, a conference geared toward journalism professors. And it just so happened two major project deadlines occurred in the middle of that. And gosh, I missed this!
But what I learned is that the opportunities to learn with and from all of you, and to pay it forward, are many. They do not disappear or falter when I’m a bit quieter. It’s been a big life lesson for me in the first part of 2014.
That’s why you may not have seen me on Twitter, especially during the workday recently. I’m fine, and my attitude toward the field, and particularly my mission, have not changed one bit. I’m seeking to find a bit more of a balance, but leaning away from multitasking, and giving everything 100 percent, but in its time, is a mantra I hope to keep with me.
That being said, I thought I would share with you all some notes and tweets from Journalism Interactive, this past weekend up in College Park, Md. I really enjoyed this conference. Attendees really understood the zest for learning, and importance of constantly growing. I learned so much from talking to all of you, and felt inspired and excited about the future of journalism education. A love of learning is a major part of what drives me, my parents both have education in their souls and raised me with that value. And indeed, a journalism professor who worked in the field I now work in introduced me to the fact this was an option. For that, I am as grateful as it’s possible to be.