I ended up taking both Sunday and Monday off to recover from what I considered to be total exhaustion. I was right back at it yesterday though. I actually just logged an estimation of hours spent since January on the podcasting project and it was 125 hours! If you consider that I have 2 classes, a RA position and an actual life outside of academia- that’s a lot! I’m still busy wrapping up the semester and working on the online/on-campus comparison study- but life has become a little calmer. It’s always a weird transition to go from being super, super, ridiculously busy back to normal busy.
As it stands now, we have two podcasts to be published on Saturday to the http://sfaapodcasts.net website. There will be an explanatory blog post associated with each recording that will introduce each participant and have some additional information such as their websites, contact info, papers, etc. It’s very exciting that I am now beginning to see the end product of my efforts and the products from the efforts of all of the participants.
After looking back at all of the sessions that we recorded and all of the people I spoke with at the conference, I really feel that this project has been a success. I’m defining “success” to mean that people are excited about the project/podcasts and the end product is looking good. I’m fairly certain that the project will be continued next year too!
We were careful to pick a wide variety of sessions, but I actually think there is something to be learned by all from each session. I’ve never attended a session at the SfAA meeting that I did not want to on my own. However, at this year’s meeting, I did have to attend a few sessions that I will admit I was not crazy about at first. Except- to my great delight, I enjoyed EVERY single session I was in! I’m thinking in particular about an archaeology session on Saturday afternoon. Archaeology is not one of my interests- BUT it was an excellent session! It was members of the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the ways in which they are getting the public involved in archaeology; citizens help with digs, archiving, events, displays, etc. I think we can all learn ways that we can get our clients (or the “studied” for those of you that chose) involved with projects from these archaeologists.
All of the participants in the sessions*, except for one group, were very accommodating, welcoming, and cooperative. I actually feel like some of the participates might be more excited than I am 🙂 (Added 4/5 I just added the “s” to session above… I realized that with the s missing it changed the meaning of the sentence completely! I meant to say that one session was not very welcoming, and now I feel like I should explain that a little more too! The group was fine, they just acted like we were an annoyance to them and when compared to every other session they stick out in my mind.)
I still haven’t posted an official list of sessions that are going to be published as podcasts, but I have dropped some hints. Let’s think of them as “artifacts” (playing off of Lost’s easter eggs 🙂