What do I hope to get out of participation in '23 research things'? Not a nostalgic wallow in the joys of the first time round. Firstness can never be recreated, by definition. Instead, my hopes are these:
- to update my knowledge of things I tried in 2010 and didn't adopt
- to get a fresh perspective and fuller understanding of things I've used, with greater or lesser enthusiasm, since 2010
- to expand my knowledge of things I really ought to have adopted by now, and make myself more useful
In 2011, a second Cambridge series of '23 things' was aimed mainly at people who'd not done such a thing before, but some extra posts were included for participants who were veterans of the 2010 round. I confined myself to those extras. Time will tell whether, in 2016, I follow the entire course, or blog only about those things that are new to me.
Blogging reflectively will be quite an exercise. I managed it in 2010 and 2011. But my most reflective writing since then has been in the log I keep for my MCLIP revalidation, and that is not public.
Wish me luck in this balancing exercise!