|This woman feels something close to my level of excitement right now|
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Now that I have a pretty firm grip on what direction I want to take, it's time to decide which potential venue I could use to publish my paper. The outlets that interested me the most when browsing through them on "The Real Reach of Student Research" blog were The Academic Archives, Scholarly Journals, and Guest Blogging. Unlike the option to present my paper at a conference, these three options give me the ability to get my paper out there and make it available to be read by many, without my direct presentation of it. There's a certain anonymity that I like. For example, if I were to submit my paper to BYU Scholars Archive or the journal Criterion, it could be found through search engines and be used as a useful tool for other people, but I wouldn't directly receive face to face criticism or adverse reactions from a crowd of people at a conference. I want my work to be of use to others, but I don't necessarily want loads of recognition for doing it. I like to think of is as more of a "pay it forward" approach.