A very short one tonight, on the month that is the 20th anniversary of the word “blog”, and as we all know “anniversaries are welcome opportunities to renew vows, to rejuvenate traditions, and to build on foundations”, so this is yet another call to action to bring out your blogs, because:
Some of those above sites are professionals letting off steam and/or self-promoting. At their best, which can be very great indeed, they provide intimacy and insight. Other sites are of a smaller scale, but the intimacy and insight aren’t diminished. This paean to blogging doesn’t just apply to music. If you garden, blog it (please). If you have a pet monkey, blog it. If you are the repository of some dwindling or otherwise threatened culture, blog it. If you harbor considered thoughts about your profession, blog it. I think back to blogs I’ve encouraged friends and colleagues to start over the years: on gardening, relocations, engineering, arcane research topics. Few started, let alone continued, but I think it isn’t a coincidence that “gardening” is the one that I come back to. As Iago says in “Othello,” in a different context, “our wills are gardeners.” Blogs are gardens of ideas.
And don’t concern yourself with whether or not you “write.” Don’t leave writing to writers. Don’t delegate your area of interest and knowledge to people with stronger rhetorical resources. You’ll find your voice as you make your way. There is, however, one thing to learn from writers that non-writers don’t always understand. Most writers don’t write to express what they think. They write to figure out what they think. Writing is a process of discovery. Blogging is an essential tool toward meditating over an extended period of time on a subject you consider to be important.
As someone who started this blog among my other blogs (which, I decided to keep dormant because some of the ideas I wrote in them were no longer relevant, or no longer agree with or advocate) as a way to document my doctoral research process and to write about my opinions in my current research area of interest (which is technology, society, and politics — among others), and also as someone who have made wonderful friends and acquaintances over ideas found over each other’s blogs — I have to say, blog it (again, please).