Blogging the past for the future

Two weeks ago at the Dresden Summer School, Inger Brandt gave a short introduction to the wonderful world of blogging. I know it sounds a bit ridiculous for such a serious academic as myself, but I was begeistert with the opportunities she waved at me. With 10 arguments, 9 examples and 3 ingredients for success (after all, she’s German), Brandt persuaded me to try it. Not just as a form of public exposure (those days are long gone), but as a possible tool to help me with my research. Not just to be cool – nobody really thinks blogging is cool anymore – but to force myself to write.

The points that stuck to me were:

  • Practicing your writing
  • Structuring your thoughts
  • Publishing ideas and ‘ letting go’  of them
  • Creating a personal archive of your research, ideas and brilliant insights
  • Getting feedback through commentary

That, in combination with the free form of the web, was enough for me to think: I am so going to try this. When I’m home. After dinner. Maybe a movie. Before sleep. Tomorrow morning.

I guess I was still a bit hesitant. I never had a Myspace, my twitter-adventure has lasted 3 tweets and the last time I posted something on Facebook I infected all my friends with birthday virus.

This time, I will push myself to write. Not just for the sake of the Great Wide Open Bucket of the interweb. No. To archive my research, to practice writing, to give small ideas a place to quietly die in the shade or grow into a more coherent concept. And maybe also to start something new which I have no idea it will work, rather than thinking of a thousand reasons why it’s stupid to have a blog.

O, a last reason this one might stick: I paid for this domain and will have to make it worth my money. After all, I’m Dutch.