You might be surprised to know that one of our top ten all-time posts here at Hook & Eye is the original Boast Post, from November of 2010. In fact, it pretty steadily makes the top five list on a weekly basis. More than a hundred people have clicked through to it in the last week. I’m a little mystified, but reminded that we had thought at the time of making it a monthly feature.
To be honest with you, I wanted to write a post today complaining about some one damn thing or another. I’m overworked. Late on stuff. Stuck in a stupid budget sequester airline snafu and flying in the middle of the night. Grading. Meetings. Glasses don’t fit right. Tree falling down. Blah, blah, blah. This morning, my husband told me my hair looked nice and I responded with, “Yeah, until we get outside and the rain and wind wrecks it all.”
Man, I’m a negative Nellie lately. Well, I can’t change the world, only how I react to it. So I’m going to react more positively. Starting with a boast post, and I hope you will join me in boasting in your turn.
Remember how it works: you have to boast about yourself, without apologizing or cringing. Did you get some awesome teaching evals? Submit an article? Finish a dissertation chapter? Give an awesome conference presentation? Get an unexpected but meaningful compliment? Tell the world! Or at least, that chunk of the world that reads this blog.
I’ve got two things!
First, I got the highest possible merit score for my service to the university this year. I’m really super proud! I did feel like I did an awful lot of service work, and some of it well, even, and it really means a lot to me to have that effort/accomplishment recognized. It was the highest score I’d got on anything in nine years here, and it floored me.
Second, I was at a conference in North Carolina this past weekend, and at the first coffee break, a lovely woman walked up to introduce herself to me. She said, “Hello! You’re famous in my department! We all read your blog!” and then she mentioned one particular post she quite liked! Hello there, Katja from UBC! You made my whole day! And your paper on Theresa Spence and the genre of the “hunger strike” was fascinating and timely.
OMG, it was really really hard to just write those down. I want to go back and cut one out (too boastful!) or sneak in some self-deprecation to undermine myself (find the stealth deprecation above and win a prize!). So I know you don’t want to do it either. But do it! I’ll totally applaud you, and you’ll get a spring in your step!