So, it’s that time of year again, when we all quit the routine of work, and pretend to be on vacation, but are in fact secretly working our tails off on writing/research projects (I’ve got three this summer), which will make us even more burned-out and miserable come September. Don’t you just love it? But the arrival of something resembling summer (climate change is not doing us any favours in Toronto) does mean putting this blog on hiatus for a few weeks. Normal service to be resumed on August 24th… or maybe the 17th if some really interesting stuff happens. We’ll see.
In previous summers, I’ve kept up a regular blogging schedule, under which y’all get something from me every Monday. I’m not going to do that this summer. Instead, I’ve decided to adopt a policy of publishing “whenever I feel like it”. I’m guessing that’ll be about once a week, but it won’t be on a regular day. This will afford me a slightly saner schedule, while also giving me flexibility to write about the odd crisis that crops up, in a more timely manner.
When the blog returns in the fall, it will be with one slight change. HESA Towers is starting to focus a little more on issues of internationalization. We’ll actually be starting a separate blog just for that (not a royal “we” – I will have co-authors); the title and launch date are TBA, but it will be sometime in the fall. We will be cross-posting that blog here; so expect Friday posts next year to all be on the subject of internationalization.
But with respect to this past year, I’d like to trouble you good folks for some feedback. I’m always interested in your thoughts on the blog, and what (if anything) I should do differently. I’m also curious about your reaction to two specific changes in this past year. The first is the decision to lengthen individual posts. Until this year, I had a pretty rigid 450-word limit, to keep posts to a good, bite-size morning piece. However, I found it slightly easier, and less time-consuming, not to spend so much time editing for length (I do enough of that on twitter). I think they mostly read better now (extra words allow for a little more exposition), but I worry that people are less likely to read as a result. What do you all think – have you noticed a difference? And if so, is it for better or worse?
The second change was to put a little more focus on events and trends outside Canada (Chile and Australia, in particular). I find international comparative stuff endlessly fascinating because it helps me understand the constraints of our own policy set-up, but I don’t know how exciting you guys find it. Should I do more of this stuff? Less? Are there any other countries you’re interested in?
Anyways, have a great summer. Rest Up. There’s lots of work to do next year. I’m looking forward to it.