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.

3 thoughts on “Blogging the past for the future

  1. Hi David, yes, you are doing it! I have to admit I am a bit proud of not only having talked your ear off and managed to talk you into this, but apparently to have convinced you. I am sure that – after a little work in the beginning – this blog will not only be a huge help with your work but also a big pleasure for you. I am really looking forward to read more here on your blog! Bon courage & viele Grüße, Inger

    • Dear Inger,

      Thank you for your kind comments! How did you find out, can you see who uses a link to your own blog? I wanted to wait with spamming my contacts until I had some more info on my website, so I wanted to ‘surprise’ you in a week with a complete and up-to-date blog, but I guess blogs travel faster than planned press releases…

      I couldn’t find a blog-website of your own, what is the address?

      More info and blogposts will follow. I thank you for the inspiration!

      • Hi David,

        I received a pingback, informing me that you linked to my article, that’s why!
        Feel free to ask whenever you have a questions, use the mail I gave to you.

        …and you couldn’t find a personal blog because there is currently no Inger-Brandt-blog!

        Viele Grüße!

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