(Blog coverage includes first night meeting + last week's conference)
Surprising break through this week. During my conference with Dr. Z, the idea of turning my paper into a website came up. Though I was a bit skeptical. I've made a few websites already, so at this point in my academic career, it isn't as challenging as it used to be. When considering turning my (traditional) thesis paper into a website, I thought: this sounds a lot like cheating, it won't be a challenge at all. But that night, I went home and began messing around on wix, just to see if I liked the idea. Ling story short, I absolutely loved the idea.
Since last May, I have been dreading my thesis work. I was terrified of actually coming up with 35 - 40 pages' worth of original material??? The task seemed absolutely impossible, especially considering how large and shapeless my topic still was. My main concern was stitching all the various components together to make one cohesive piece. The transitions and recaps alone were giving me nightmares (kidding; mostly).
However, after deciding to turn this thing into a digital project (in its absolute final form) has facilitated the writing process dramatically. Whereas this summer, I had written a grand total of two whole pages, since last Thursday, I have written six. By looking at each topic (historical, psychological, political, etc...) as an individual webpage, I am less afraid of possible tangents. It is much easier for me to tackle each section, knowing that they do not have to flow as seamlessly as they would in a traditional academic paper. Instead, it is alright if there isn't as much--or any-- transition between subjects at all, because webpages are almost always independent of each other, joined together by the umbrella of the URL.
Initially, I wanted to have 10 pages of material for my next conference in October, but I am excited to say that I think I may aim for 15 pages. I am also excited to say that each piece feels pretty complete by the time I'm finished writing. Each section requires minimal editing, in my own opinion. Mainly changes in word choices and things of the like. I am extremely relieved to find that I am not mass producing junk writing just to meet my page limit, in which I would have to retroactively edit (which is a nightmare, because what if I had to edit most of my "hard work" out altogether???).
Overall I feel I am moving long at a much faster pace (and not procrastinating nearly as much) than anticipated.