A Few Blog Changes

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(Note:  There’s a little request for input at the end.  I’d really appreciate your thoughts.)

Lately, I’ve found myself wanting to change how things are run on this site.  You’ll have noticed that I wasn’t an active blogger for the latter half of 2012, whereas the first month-ish of 2013 has shown the exact opposite.  Part of this had to do with a lack of time on my part, but it also stemmed from having nothing to say, or not having the will to put some thought into topics suggested to me.

I don’t want the same thing to happen in 2013, which is why I start this thread on Google+ asking about scheduled columns and other blog-related things.  That thread gave me the push I need to make the following changes:

1) For the foreseeable future, the following will be regular, day-specific features on this blog (some will have proper titles; some will not):

  • Monday — Retro Nostalgia (rethinking/re-examining classic genre films/TV — Example) OR Movie Reviews (Example)
  • Tuesday — Free Day (I can write about whatever I want)
  • Wednesday — Exploring Genre Literature (in which I examine actual works of lit, new and old, in a similar fashion as this recent post on Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops series) — this needs a proper title, methinks.
  • Thursday — Free Day (I can write about whatever I want)
  • Friday — Adventures in Teaching (discussions about teaching genre lit, and related teaching topics — Example)
  • Saturday — Book Review Saturdays (Example)
  • Sunday — Free Day (I can write about whatever I want)

Note:  Free Days are also days I will post non-weekly stuff, such as my “Adventures in…Cancer” stuff (see below).

2) Occasionally, I post short bits on little videos I’ve found or academic material I think you all might be interested in.  Those columns will continue to appear somewhat randomly throughout the year (Videos Found, Academic Spotlight, Promo Bits, Photo Bits, etc.).  I may also continue the Science My Science Fiction columns, although with a different thought process behind it.  Peggy Kolm already explores the intersections between science and science fiction with the kind of detail you’d expect of someone who focuses on that issue; I, therefore, need to find a very unique direction for that column.

3) I will continue to blog about my cancer experiences, though on a more regular schedule.  For now, I am making it an every-other-week feature, starting the week after next.

It is possible I will make more changes to this schedule in the future, either by moving things around, adding new columns, or something else (I’ve considered creating an interview series here, but I already review/interview so much at The Skiffy and Fanty Show that I’m not sure I can really put in the time for such a thing — we’ll see).

So that’s that.  The game starts tomorrow (not “the” game, mind — that’s in about 4 hours…).

P.S.:  If anyone has better titles for these features, please let me know.  I’m terrible with titles… Likewise, if you have any thoughts, opinions, suggestions, etc., send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com or leave a comment.  You can suggest just about anything (posts you’d rather see, etc. etc. etc.).

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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