I’m thinking about what it makes sense to post online. I’ve been posting papers and drafts for years (almost 10, indeed). I have stuff up about classes, though it’s largely either password-protected or hidden away on UF’s Sakai site. And I have the occasional blog post here. But I’m wondering about posting other stuff — call them very small web resources.
Here’s an example. I’ve been doing some work on Margaret Cavendish’s Philosophical Letters (not entirely shameless self promotion: here’s a paper). As part of working on this, I’ve made myself a list of all the letters in the Philosophical Letters, together with a very brief note of their contents, and the texts they discuss. It’s pretty rough, but it seems like someone might find it useful. So I wonder whether it’s worth doing the work to tidy this up and put it online, and indeed how much work I should be before posting something like that. It would only take me 5 minutes to copy and paste the file into a blog post and press publish, but that doesn’t look like the best approach. Checking some things and filling some gaps would be useful, but is a project that could expand and expand.
(The other example I have in mind is a sort of equivalent file of the published correspondence of Thomas Burnett of Kemnay, correspondent of Leibniz and Locke and Trotter.)
One could make this sound grander than it is by connecting it to talk of the digital humanities. (My notes for a post about history of philosophy and digital humanities might actually yield a post at some point.) Less grandly, I suppose I’m worrying about publishing rough but possibly useful stuff. Useful thoughts?