Sunday, March 31, 2013
How James Neal and my interest in DH prompted me to sign on to twitter
Then, on December 30, 2009, I published a post on my site about digital humanities at MLA. Shortly after that, I received an email from this guy James Neal. He thanked me for the write-up and then advised me to get on twitter if I was interested in participating in more conversations about DH.
Who was James Neal, I wondered at the time? And why was he encouraging me to sign up for twitter in order to keep up with the developing DH conversations? I was fascinated in what was unfolding with DH at MLA and the larger profession, so it turned out that Neal's suggestion was just the nudge I needed.
My first tweet, which appeared on January 7, 2010, went as follows: "We wish to tweet our own cause; too long have others tweeted for us. [remixing Freedom's Journal http://bit.ly/4xh417]"
Almost immediately, Neal, the first person I followed and the first to follow me, sent a tweet: "Welcome to Twitter @blackstudies. Black Studies Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Wish you success here. Share & learn."
I responded: "@james3neal 'preciate it. Can't begin to tell you how inspiring you've been for what we want to become. So thanks and thanks again."
So here we are.
• Digital Humanities at CLA 2013
• How Alondra Nelson & Don Share helped transform an occasional poetry blogger into an active one
• One way blogging has shifted my engagements with poetry