A just-for-fun post to ring in 2012, here are some ideas for digital humanities-related New Year’s resolutions. Organized from perceived effort needed to accomplish the potential resolution. Feel free to add more in the comments!
1) Find like-minded colleagues on Twitter or Google+.
Be followed (go public!)
Engage in conversations at least once per week
2) Start that research blog you’ve been envisioning
WordPress can build a simple self-publishing website
Blogger serves basic blogging functions and easy for those who already have a Google account
Tumblr makes for easy re-blogging and microblogging through online social networks
Need an archives-based exhibition online space? Check out Omeka.
3) Hug a developer (who needs an excuse?)
4) Learn what the heck makes people love Tumblr or Pintrest (a.k.a. explore another social media tool conducive to meeting new colleagues--pseudonymously or real-named--and new ideas.)
5) Flesh out the information architecture of your new research blog
What tabs or basic navigation do you want? Do you answer those basic journalistic questions of Who, What, Where, When, and Why?
Do you give yourself enough credit without becoming a target for a Humblebrag? (We don’t need to know about your 4.0, but titles, honors, and fellowships are newsworthy enough.)
Do you identify what it is that interests you and who you’re looking to engage with?
6) Follow along with an Academic Earth class about programming. Have access to Lynda.com classes through your university? Try out a XML tutorial!
7) Blog about your research once per week
Time and Effort Required
8) Feeling ambitious? Enroll in a free Stanford University online course like Natural Language Processing or Human-Computer Interaction. You may get a statement of accomplishment!
9) Learn Gephi for data visualization experiments
10) Submit and present your DH research at a conference! Microblogging and blogging are great ways to get feedback as your work develops, but presenting IRL to colleagues raises the ante.