I blogged throughout my PhD, initially to a schedule of once a week, but far less frequently (yet arguably with more substance) once I found myself rewriting my entire thesis while working full-time. The original blog is on Tumblr, but I’m pretty sure that site won’t last much longer, so I’m parking it here for anyone who wants to read it. This section is a work-in-progress - please keep checking back as I clean up more of my old posts!
I’ve weeded out unnecessary images (mostly because I can’t be bothered to copy everything into my images folder) and reblogs (don’t really work as a concept outside of Tumblr).
On Friday 20 July 2019, 145 weeks and two days after my original viva, nearly 15 months after my second viva, and just over ten months after my certificate was issued, I finally had my graduation ceremony.
I have conquered the reading list. I have read all the relevant parts of all the books and articles I was told to read in order to succeed at this godforsaken PhD. Unfortunately, that means I have to move on to the editing and writing, which I’m emphatically NOT looking forward to.
As it was a three-day conference, I saw TONS of papers, so as ever, I’m going to talk about a few that I could particularly relate to my own work, and that doesn’t mean that the other ones I saw weren’t awesome too.
I’ve had a productive week - I’ve deleted a whopping 13,000 words of thesis, and I just need to add a couple of extra references and draft the cursed conclusion, and then full draft 2.docx will be done.
As promised last week, this week’s blog is about the ‘Storying the Past’ session me, Helen Rogers, and Simon Briercliffe ran at the Social History Society conference, concurrently with a Twitter conversation.
It’s been quite a busy week for me, not that I’m complaining. As well as having two new classes to teach, I joined in an online book group discussion and transcribed an early modern woman’s recipe book alongside 88 others.