I’ll tell you why It’s not because I stopped doing DIY, or because I stopped sharing what I do. Because I haven’t. My priorities have just changed a bit recently.
I got a job. A dream job, for me. I am now assistant professor at University of Copenhagen at the Royal School of Library and Information Science. I am placed in Aalborg, North Jutland, Denmark and my family has moved with me up here. Hence all the photos of new furniture that I have been posting on Instagram recently.
In this new job I get to divide my working hours between research and teaching and of course this also means that I have less time to do DIY projects and to talk about it on the blog. But the good news is that my research will be focussing on DIY culture, autodidactism (self-education), Everyday Life Information Seeking and the Internet. I am very excited about this part.
In practice this means that I want to change how I do things around here and how I share on social media.
It has taken me a while to figure it all out, hence the quiet period. But I think I am finally there now. This is my plan for now.
Writing blog posts is what takes up most time. Therefore, I won’t be writing many of these for a while. I am going to reserve blog posts for research related stuff. So if you are interested in DIY culture, autodidactism, amateurs, crowdsourcing, history of the Internet and stories about awesome craftspeople and DIYers, this is the place to follow.
Instagram and Facebook page
I have decided to take all the DIY projects and other activities I do and share them via Instagram and the Facebook page from now on. The stories and photos will still be visible on this website but they won’t be shared as blogposts anymore. The reason for this is that I simply find that it is quicker to share via these platforms and thus I get it done. It doesn’t require lots of planning and sitting in front of the computer, which I just can’t find time for anymore.
I am going to keep my 2 newsletters but also change the format here a bit. They won’t be automatically sent blog posts anymore. Instead I am going to put them together by hand every time.
The knitting newsletter will be dedicated to my knitting pattern designs. I will send a new one out when I have news about a knitting pattern, no more than once a month, but probably not that often.
The Eddie’s Room newsletter will also be a hand-crafted summary of what I have been up to recently in terms of DIY projects, activities and research into DIY culture. It will probably come about once a month, but I make no promisses. It won’t come out more than once a month, for sure.
So if you just don’t get around to checking the blog or social media the newsletter will definitely be something for you. It will arrive into your mailbox once in a while, when I feel that I have something to share with you about DIY or knitting pattern designs respectively.
I love Pinterest and I love pinning stuff and creating my own collections of cool stuff. However, I am very irregular. I have a standing gig with the Refashion Co-op keeping up the editorial boards on Pinterest and I will admit that I have been very lax about it over the last couple of months because of the new job. But if you are on Pinterest, come on over and check out some of my boards and follow the ones you find interesting. It’s a fun place to be.
You can find me on twitter, yes. I do post my instagram updates there too. I will always reply if you tag me or send me a message and I sometimes check the updates too. However, I wouldn’t say that it is the social media platform I use the most. Unless I’m at a conference, seeing as it is very popular in Digital Humanities circles. Who knows, I may be using it more and more as a part of my new job.