Since I've been doing some experimenting over the last few months and am currently making a lot of final decisions about where to focus this fall and winter, I want to share an overview of what's happening with my various blogs and blog related projects.
This Business of Blogging: Down for the Count
This Business of Blogging is officially down for the count. This was one of three blogs launched or relaunched around the same time to explore some territory and help clarify where I want to put my energy.
Flux Research: Wildcard
The current incarnation of Flux Research, with its focus on online business models, is closely related to This Business of Blogging in many respects. I'm working on Flux Research behind the scenes but am not sure if my fantasies will ever see the light of day. What I want to do, as opposed to what can be seen on the blog, will be quite time consuming but I'm getting that obsessed feeling that's required so, who knows?
Raleighwood, NC: Intermittent Signs of Life
Raleighwood, NC was the third blog in this round of experiments that has become an on again, off again attempt at local blogging. I'm going to keep it alive with periodic posts but its neglect is tied up with my ambivalence about my current locale which is also my hometown. However, it has helped me think my way into the local publishing scene, both in Raleigh and in general, and that's a path worth taking, though I am taking another.
Ill Moves: The Struggle Continues
Ill Moves: Hip Hop Dance could be a real winner if I put some consistent energy in. Though it was not part of the launch/relaunch of the first three blogs mentioned, its rather weak relaunch over the summer was also an experiment of sorts. However, its progress is blocked by my current issue of burnout.
ProHipHop: Threatened by Burnout
ProHipHop: Hip Hop Business is my flagship blog and both its daily operation and the operation of Ill Moves have suffered from my general state of burnout and my posting block regarding hip hop. It's not like there isn't anything interesting to cover, quite the opposite, but I'm working through a temporary block that's affecting both these projects.
Weekly Hip Hop Albums: Along for the Ride
Weekly Hip Hop Albums is a weekly report that comes out of my ongoing activities tracking hip hop album releases. I plan to continue this as long as I'm in the hip hop web publishing space.
Hip Hop Press: Humming Along
Hip Hop Press: Releases is a fairly straightforward and solid affair that isn't so much about blogging as content management. Bonus: it's easy to do when experiencing posting block.
Hip Hop Research: Long Term Project
Hip Hop Research is a project I'll continue with periodic updates. It's intended to be a starting point for an annotated bibliography in book form but, however that turns out, the blog's archives will remain available.
Cultural Research: Birthing a New Blog
Cultural Research has been primarily an archive site for my academic papers and an indicator of my academic interests. I've decided to relaunch the site with a blog to pursue my professional interest in such areas as the transformation of academic libraries and disruptive innovation in education and information services.
The Big Picture: Pushing Forward
Any blogs not mentioned above are either dead, in hibernation or waiting for hell to freeze over.
Of the above projects, the hip hop blogs will continue, hopefully with some revitalized energy.
Cultural Research will be my new baby after the upcoming relaunch. I hope to maintain the new blog as a thoughtful, low volume project and academic calling card.
Flux Research and another project about which I haven't written publically will remain in wild card status, possibly for a January launch/relaunch.
Likely I Ching Hexagram: Biting Through.
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