A Long Overdue Note of Thanks

Thank You

A post that is long overdue. I want to extend public thanks to Jennifer Graham and Scott Smith for the invaluable assistance they provided me as I finished my dissertation. In a way, it’s also an acknowledgement of how powerful these informal blogging connections can be. In the space of a few months Jennifer and I both suffered losses. I could hardly breathe some days as the summer slipped away. Requests for formatting and clarification came from the University Reader at UNT when I least expected it. Jennifer and Scott were there for me — to assist and offer support that was much needed. I thank them for the help. I could not have finished without them.

This speaks to me as well about how we can help each other – how we can and should get along. It doesn’t have to be as a result of loss — remember you can reach out and share anytime. These tools — just tools — enable connections that I am still trying to understand. Is it ephemeral? Is it strong?

It’s also a reminder to reach out not only across the blogosphere but across the hall to that department that you’ve been feuding with. An offer of support, an offer to help, an attitude of “share the work” seems to me to go a lot farther than a locked door or sign on that same door that reads “Is Your Visit Business Related”?

So, thanks to Jennifer and Scott. Be well.

Photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennx/1092979431/in/set-72157594556817439

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennx/1391664469/

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One thought on “A Long Overdue Note of Thanks”

  1. Michael, I am humbled. Thank you for reminding me of the many positive relationships and experiences that have emerged from blogging. I must also add that this was entirely a 2-way street. We were honored to be able to read and learn from your seminal scholarly work on blogging before official publication. We also got to learn a LOT about Open Office.

    I was but a facilitator in the formatting aspect of the project, and all thanks and praise must go to Scott for his patience, perseverance, professionalism, and expertise. I have said many times and it bears repeating: something I continue to learn from Scott is that the best way to teach users (patrons) to remain calm in the face of technology, is to remain calm in the face of technology.

    Nerds 2 squared ever. :) Thank you for the trust, and the opportunity.

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