I’ve been un-employed a week, and still soaking in the incredible response to my announcement and road plans… and now there are even more dots on the map to connect. That adventure will start sometime in June.
I have yet to spend a day on the couch or even to sit around and watch movies. My biggest current project is sanding and painting my two decks; the smaller one has already taken much longer than anticipated just to get to the point of painting (tomorrow).
But that does not mean I am vanishing from my edtech interests. I’m still doing my stuff for ds106, even now setting up some times for a show ida tomorrow for ds106 radio. I’ll be part of a rowdy panel on this at Northern Voice as well as doing another solo presentation (a version of Looking Through the Lens).
I’ve got a few WordPress paying jobs on the burner. I really have to knuckle down and round out the updated version of 50+ Ways to Tell a Story.
And I have been offered and intend to take up offers, for any speaking opportunities I can do while on the road (hey, look at the price of gas, and I am driving a guzzler that at best does 15 mpg).
All of this points to something I hope to explore when I return, and that is trying my hand at doing some free lance work.
The first dread is coming across as one of these guys
And I hate to bring it up as I know it is a sore spot to my friend Jim Groom, but I have been long time mulling over what I thought I grasped in Leigh Blackall’s post on “lucrative teaching”. I think a lot of people, Jim included, felt like Leigh was comparing him to money grubbing “let’s make a buck off of teaching” shlockster.
What I got out of it was Leigh asking the question, could Jim be doing what he is doing outside of a university (and not be a slimy salesman). And it looks as though every person doing an massively (or not that big) open online course is doing so under the role of a paid employee of an educational or research institution.
My longer term question for myself, is there a way to make my living as an independent, yet doing the same sharing/creating/sharing that I have enjoyed in my two previous jobs? without becoming a “dreaded consultant”. I’ve talked to a few colleagues who have done this for a while, and none of them seems at all caught up in the Cult of Personality.
To that end of exploration, I am setting myself up as a one person shop, and having bought the domain first, hope to longer term build out a site of offerings. I call it “CogDog It” (the url is http://cogdog.it but there’s not much there) and am using that for now as my “employer” listed in Facebook/LinkedIn (my title is “Top Dog”.
I alo have some clean up some parts on this blog, and establish a corner of the CogDogHouse for my trip accountings, which I informally call an “odyssey”.
Again, I don’t know if this is what I want to be doing, and the whole idea of this time and long trip is to go out with a lot of questions and wait for the answers to emerge.
The answer to “What’s Next?” or “Now What?” is “TBD”…
all of which will be excessively adorned with dog photos.