I’ve utilized procrastination for years as a legitimate writing project technique. I know, I know, many people think “procrastination” as a bad habit or some quality to be scrutinized, but in reality it is one of the most useful techniques at tackling difficult tasks.
Let’s face it, it’s getting harder and harder to engage others in dialogue. Whether you’re trying to correct racism of a family member over messenger or replying to a stranger on a friend’s political Facebook post, the internet is filled with rhetorical landmines. Empathy has always been an essential tool in employing a good argument or stance. Knowing more about your audience or adversary can be the key to positive change, but lately, that just doesn’t seem like enough.
I’m going to write a bit more off the cuff than I normally do. Blogging can be that flexible medium that serves multiple purposes like a personal journal mixed with public social posting. For today, instead of discussing some minor everyday rhetoric and attempting to make some grand life lesson out of it, I’m going to just take a step back.
I’m being pulled into many different directions at work lately. One part of me is exhausted from the sheer amount of input. The other part is the kid that got to go crazy running around a friend’s birthday party where they thought it would be a good idea to give the kids cake and caffeinated soda. I’m tired, but it was fun.
On July 7th, Dr. Sam Dragga of Texas Tech shared a “striking example of technical writing” with the Association of the Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) listserv in an effort to raise awareness for changing conditions for international students. The document outlined conditions that would force international students to find face-to-face instruction or be deported within mere weeks of a new academic year.
This is my 50th published blog post. Not quite a major achievement, but considering the average length of these posts, I can safely say that 50,000+ words is quite a lot of writing.
This post marks a milestone in my development. Since starting this blog my career has improved, my relationships have improved, and my life has considerably improved. I also stumbled across self-talk and have mixed it with my lowbrow understanding of rhetoric. Honestly, I’ve had experiences that I never imagined would happen.
In a simple nutshell, this post is about all those small milestones that we fail to acknowledge. This is about those milestones that need to be acknowledged. A milestone is a rhetorical situation that often times gets skimmed over. In this last week, I’ve received quite a bit of news regarding other’s milestones. I’d like to think this post is for each of them and the opportunity at their feet.