Monday, March 12, 2012
To Blog or Not to Blog...
The readings for today made me rethink blogs. I have always been under the impression that people are too open on blogs - letting anyone on the web glimpse their personal lives. I realize not all blogs are personal, and I personally enjoy exploring cooking and equine blogs, among others. But, you have to consider that public element - you don't know who will read your blog, and what they will do with that information.
I decided to start a blog about a year ago to keep my family in the "loop" of my life. It took me a really long time to muster up the courage to put semi-personal information out on the web. Everything I wrote came after a lot of thought - who was going to read this, if future employers read it, what would they think, if my professors read it, what would they think, etc. In her article Scholarly Reflections on Blogging: Once a Tortoise, Never a Hare, Andrea Doucet argued that "Blogging doesn't "count" in academe; it holds no weight when we apply for tenure, promotion, or research grants." But is that true? I would argue that blogging does hold weight, even in academia. Isn't it like saying that Facebook or Twitter don't hold weight? Whether we like it or not, people judge us by what they can gather from the web - whether that is good or bad.
I think blogging is one of the best things to happen on the web - it connects people in a way that wasn't possible before. While I tried to enter the blogging world, it only lasted about two or three posts, and I've lost interest. But, I will continue to read and enjoy what other people are gracious enough to post.