End of a Blog
Invisible Adjunct has renounced the end of her adjunctery and her blog:
A few months ago, I made a vow to myself that this would be my last semester as an invisible adjunct. Since IÃ¢€™ve failed to secure a full-time position in my final attempt at the academic job market, what this means, of course, is that I made a vow to leave the academy. Six more weeks of teaching, and I head for the nearest exit.
Though I must inevitably feel a sense of loss and sadness, itÃ¢€™s thanks to this blog and its readers that I donÃ¢€™t feel the kind of life-twisting bitterness that I might otherwise have experienced. IÃ¢€™ll take with me, among other things, a knowledge of XHTML (which I never thought I could learn!), an undiminished passion for the Scottish Enlightenment, and a heightened sense of lifeÃ¢€™s possibilities.
In the meantime, IÃ¢€™ve decided to give up the blog.
I do so with both a good deal of reluctance and a certain sense of relief. Writing blog entries and reading and responding to comments has become such an integral part of my regular routine that itÃ¢€™s very difficult to walk away. For the next few weeks, at least, IÃ¢€™m sure I wonÃ¢€™t know what to do with myself (novel-reading? I just finished rereading all six of them). But this weblog has always been a labour of love, and lately I find that my heart is no longer in it. I think the time has come to focus my energies elsewhere. Anyway, I guess IÃ¢€™ve pretty much said most of things that I wanted to say, and then some.
She had an interesting site, although the topic was rather arcane to all but those of us who have toiled in academe.
As I note in her comments, I’ve found it possible to have an intellectually challenging life outside the academy. I miss interacting with my better students and with a handful of my colleagues but, oddly enough, I’ve managed to find bright people to chat with in the “real world.”*
One suspects IA will return to blogging at some point, although presumably with a different blog name. Running even a reasonably active one is fairly addicting, especially for the type of people drawn to the academic world to begin with. And, indeed, I probably have more interaction with bright academics as a blogger than I ever did as a professor. Of course, my main colleague at Troy State followed me into this racket, creating something of a continuity between those worlds.
*This phrase always reminds me of a classic line from Sean Connery’s character in Just Cause: “Why the f*** is it that everything but teaching is ‘the real world?'”