Facebook just reminded me that three years ago today I announced my retirement from Radford University on Facebook… Dave Winer (http://scripting.com) was the first to “like” the anniversary note, which reminded me that writing on Facebook doesn’t get to the “open web” he and I both support.
So here I am… with what is mostly a duplication of what I said on Facebook today, plus some editing and a bunch of hat-tipping open-Web-research links at the end.
One thing I didn’t anticipate about retirement was how much I’d be using Facebook — back then I didn’t even hit the “like” button on comments. Now posting cellphone pix of sunsets and area walking trails is almost a new career. Another surprise was how much music I’d manage to play… three to five jam sessions a week, adding ukuleles to my guitar-mandolin-and-banjo instrument collection, as well as a tiple, an instrument I’d never heard of in 2013. And I revived my old blog at boblog.blogspot.com as a place to write about music topics. (As distinct from this blog, where I write about pretty much anything, but not often, and jheroes.com, where I write about my old-time-radio-and-newspaper research, but not often enough.)
I’ve also contributed a couple of small items to the Journal of Appalachian Studies, continued on the review board of the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research in a small way, finally found someone to take over aejmc.us/news after a dozen years, and took a bunch of Coursera online classes, especially enjoying Wesleyan University film courses, whose professors helped me think about my own continuing study of now-departed American radio dramas that — in their day — helped boost the image of newspaper journalists, which I write about at http://jheroes.com (complete with audio-players for hundreds of radio episodes).
I also didn’t anticipate how much a role the smartphone would play in my retirement. Those Facebook posts and photos, this WordPress blog update, and tons of research with http://archive.org, http://imdb.org, http://worldcat.org, http://otrrlibrary.org, http://radioGOLDINdex.com , http://www.radfordpl.org — and more — have been done with my phone’s browsers and apps, from home, over apple pie at http://FloydCountryStore.com, from http://BlueRidgeparkway.org hiking trails, even from my tent at events like http://TheLEAF.org