ToughSledding asks: Where do I go from here?
My last post here was about two years ago, and hardly my best work. The last essay of any substance was more of a rant about just how tough it is to do my job — to teach exclusively online. I caught some shit for that post, but I have long been misunderstood and misinterpreted. Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke, right?
Today, I have no job. My university offered me a year’s salary to hit the road, so I bought a camper and cleaned out my desk. I am 65, officially retired and collecting a pension. Camping will have to wait until the snow clears and my CPA bride endures another tax season.
So what’s next for me? People ask me this all the time, and I don’t have an answer. You see, I can do whatever I want within reason. I don’t have unlimited resources for travel. And I already live in a lake house with more toys than I’ll ever need. So I’ll have to be creative — at least until Ohio votes for legal marijuana. (Hmm. There’s always Michgan 🙂
“You should write a book,” folks tell me. “About what?” I ask them. “Your experiences. You should share your experiences,” they say.
I don’t think so. My experiences are hardly unique, and If you really want to know my mind, start by reviewing the 474 posts prior to this one. Some are still relevant.
Public relations? I’ve said all I want to say on that topic right here on the blog. I don’t plan to teach PR again. I don’t plan to do PR consulting again. It was a great run, but 42 years in this business should be enough for anyone. I’m movin’ on — though I’d be willing to pick up some freelance writing gigs for the right fee.
The blog? ToughSledding will live on, as I owe it to all the folks who’ve linked to this site in the past 13 years. Thank you for that, but the way. At one time I drew some pretty decent traffic here. But more important, we had some great conversations. I’m not sure that can ever happen again on this or any blog. Twitter sort of spoiled those deep and meaningful discussions, didn’t it?
Let’s go back to my first question: Where do I go from here? If you have ideas for me — about writing or about life in general — post a comment. If nothing else I’ll see if this blog has any subscribers left.