Work, probation, positive 

I had my one-year probation meeting at work today. It's the first formal probation process I've ever been through and I was a little anxious at first, but it was incredibly positive - lots of positive feedback and some recommendations that are aligned with where I want to be in the future. Very happy.

Request for help: last minute book chapter rewrite 

My new book with Simon Clews: 'Be visible or vanish' is in the last stages of the publishing pipeline. The book is for researchers to communicate with wider audiences. The publisher agreed, at the last minute, to let us pull the chapter that had a lot of content about how to engage on Twitter (thank goodness). The production manager has given us until Monday to do a rewrite 👀 ... I feel so unprepared as I have only been here for days, so beg your indulgence to read this new version if you want to and offer feedback. I avoided a Mastodon 'how to' which I am not qualified to write and tried to keep it high level. I trust this is a safe space to share work in progress. Interested particularly in what PhD students and postdocs think, but open to all feedback. Thanks in advance if you engage with it. PDF here: - you can email on if you don't want to offer feedback here.

Two things that are really important on here:

♿ Add text descriptions to your images/videos/audio. Accessibility is fundamental. More info:

⚠️ Use Content Warnings on anything that people may not want to read right now. It could be upsetting like violence or politics, mild like movie spoilers, but either way it shows empathy and consideration for strangers. More info:

These features are key to keeping this place friendly. Please use them. 🙏 ❤️

KEEP IN MIND! #Mastodon doesn't work like #Twitter!

Have you just made the #Twexit or the #TwitterMigration?

Favorites ⭐ - they're not "likes". They don't "elevate" posts, they just the poster know you liked their post.

Boosts 🔁 - these push someone's post into your friends feeds (and help discovery).

So if you ⭐ my posts, that's great (and I love you too)!

But if you 🔁 posts, then more people see them!

OH! - #Hashtags are how you search!

#mastodon #MastodonTips

Just a reminder about Mastodon.

Try not to directly upload videos here.
You have to remember that these videos have to be stored on the server that you're hosted on.

This would also eat up on available bandwidth, storage and memory resources of said servers and slow them down. Which would force server hosts to upgrade at a substantial cost.

Suggested idea...

Upload to Peertube, Vimeo or other video streaming services and share the link to the video here instead.


My application was returned today with, in the grand scheme of things, some minor revisions needed. Feeling pretty

Anxiety, gym, yoga 

Today I'm planning on attending a new class at my local gym. My anxiety is trying to talk me out of going:

"What if there's no room for you?"
"What if others judge you for joining the class?"
"What if you make a fool of yourself?"

I'm terrified, but determined. Putting this out there for accountability. Will report back!

Is there anybody out there thinking about doing a #PhD in #drama, #theatre, #dance, #music, #media arts or any interdisciplinary combination?

Applications for fully funded #studentships are now open within the School of Performing and Digital Arts at Royal Holloway. These studentships are funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council's Technē consortium, which is led by Royal Holloway and comprises nine universities in London and the South-East.

Royal Holloway has a large cohort of research students who create a vibrant academic community. Our team of academic staff offer supervision on a remarkably varied geographical and historical range of practices and disciplines (including via artistic and practice-research).

International applicants are welcome as well (though, if successful, it may be necessary to pay the difference between UK and international fee levels).

I have supervised over 20 successful PhDs (most of them practice-research) & would be interested in supervising new PhD projects that focus on performance, gender and Jewishness, or else on sustainable theatre production processes. If this is you, please drop me a line with your experience and research interest!

There will be a meeting for potential applicants on Friday 18 November 2022, 5-6pm GMT on MS Teams. This meeting will share tips and good practice, help you to strengthen your application, and provide an opportunity for questions.

Here's a link with more info to get you started:

Please always use CW’s for the befit of others and the community! For so many of us, the liberal and thoughtful use of CW’s is much of what makes Masto so comfortable. 💛

However if you yourself don’t care about seeing CW’s in your feed and you’d like to just see the content without the warning, that’s something you can toggle on or off in your preferences.

Go to preferences, down at bottom see the check box for “Always expand posts marked with content warnings”.

#feditips #fediverse

Real long aggregation of Mastodon etiquette for birdsite expats 

Some Mastodon thoughts, for bird-site expats (which include myself). I'm aggregating these from posts I've boosted before, so little of this is my own brain.

- There's no algorithm here. That means favoriting/liking doesn't do anything except communicate approval to the OP and others (which is still nice!).

- No algorithm means boosting ("retweeting") is the true method to increase a post's visibility. Do that more than you did on birdsite.

- There's no post-quoting here, and that's by design. Look at quote-tweets on the birdsite; it's a feature primarily used for toxicity.

- There's no direct word-search here either; that means you want to use hashtags to make posts more searchable. This is also intended, since word-searching posts was often used to harass/stalk on the birdsite and elsewhere, so that was left by the wayside here. This also means hashtags are much more a thing here than any of the algorithm-powered sites.

- It's encouraged to put in text descriptions when you post images; a lot of Mastodon users use screen-readers due to various disabilities, and getting an image description read out loud helps them immensely.

- Speaking of screen-readers: using capitalization in your hashtags allows the screen-readers to read them more easily, especially if you're smashing multiple words together. #rockmusic = unreadable. #RockMusic = readable.

- The best way to make threads is to make set your first post as public, but "unlist" all of your replies. This prevents your whole thread from clogging up feeds.

- Content Warnings should be used more liberally here. If you haven't gotten the impression yet, much of Mastodon was built and populated by marginalized groups who were harassed/bullied off of other platforms. This is the culture they built, to respect each other's mental health. It's not a rule, but it's well-appreciated.

- Consider chipping a few bucks towards whomever runs the server you're on; the strain is real, and most server admins were likely paying out of pocket before so don't have an existing donation base. The growth here has been extremely fast, and that means money's needed.

- DMs are just posts with privacy settings. So if you @ someone in a DM, you pull them into the thread. That could be embarrassing.

- Also, no, DMs aren't end-to-end encrypted, but they aren't on Twitter either. Don't use either if you want true privacy.

- Including your Mastodon handle in your birdsite profile will help people find you here; there's a tool ( is one of them that's used) people can use to pull Mastodon handles from Twitter profile.

- Use the blocking and reporting features liberally, if needed. This should go without saying, but they work, and work well!

- If there's an entire Mastodon server you don't want to hear from, you can block the whole thing too.

- Preferences -> Appearance -> "Slow Mode": this can make larger "Local" feeds and any "Federated" feed much more readable.

I'll reply with some more as I see them, or reply here too. I've only been here 4 days but I'm loving it so far.

Hello, doing this again as, after some digging and reflection, I've made the move to so...

Hi, I'm Krystal. I'm a and candidate doing in , , student reading identities and motivation, and . Looking forward to connecting and learning in this new space.

Some other things I like are:
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