Jo VanEvery asks, “Are you treating your research like a hobby?” She asks some critical questions, and here’s a snippet:
“Enjoyment doesn’t make research a hobby. Nor does struggling make it not a hobby. The key factor that distinguishes a hobby from a job is the value your work provides to someone else.
If you move on from your research before it is useful to someone else, you are not doing your job. You are treating your research as a hobby
If you believe that teaching in higher education requires teachers to be active scholars, what are you doing to ensure that you are an active scholar and that your scholarship has an impact on your teaching?”