About the name of this blog
/ˌrʌɪt ˈɒn/ is phonetic script and can be interpreted in two ways:
Read it as “write on” and the blog’s title will encourage you to engage in an activity that commands most of my professional time: writing.
You might, however, just as well think of “right on” when you pronounce this blog’s title. Chose this interpretation and again the title serves to revive and perk you up, for this informal expression is used as an expression of strong support, approval, or encouragement. And we all can do with a smack of that, don’t we.
Hiya, humanimal. I hope today has greeted you well. My name is Daniel aka @spani3l. I am currently precariously employed in academia (like so many others), with a PhD in educational science. I am a university writing center dude interested in teaching and investigating all sorts of writing, be it academic, digital, reflexive or else. I read about writing (which is why I consider myself a researcher), I talk about writing (e.g. in writing consultations where I help writers throught their writing processes and in academic writing workshops), and I write about writing (here and elsewhere). As systemic coach, I am interested in systemic practice and as a Professional Scrum Master (scrum.org) I keep an eye on agile. Currently I am a board member for the German Society for Composition and Writing Research (Gesellschaft für Schreibdidaktik und Schreibforschung e.V., #gefsus)
Writing research has repeatedly shown the great significance of audience for writing. More than that, research has proven the epistemic qualities of putting your thoughts down on paper (or any other medium for that matter…): writing fosters the creation of new insights and knowledge in the mind of the author. And to me as the author of these pages, this benefit is to a great extent independent from your engagement. So: no pressure on you – read, if you may, or ignore – I’ll bring in some harvest this way or another. If, however, you feel like engaging in the conversation, I bet we’d both have more fun time and again.
This is the first quarter of the 21st century. Writing professionals – be it authors, teachers or researchers – have to consider the digital if they want to be taken serious and relevant beyond their writing retreats, ivory towers and highbrow journals (which hardly anyone reads anyway, lets be honest). This is my tuppence. Send me a link to yours.