I found this post from Pat Thomson’s blog quite useful. I was particularly struck by de Certeau’s (1980) statement that the academy is a scriptural economy. Yes, we do need to write and keep writing. There’s no use keeping all these thoughts to ourselves rather than participating in dialogue!
Why do academics blog? What do academic bloggers get from blogging?
Discussions about scholarly blogging most often centre on the need for we academics to write in ways that attract new audiences. If we write blogs, we are told, we can communicate our research more effectively. Blogs enhance impact, they are a medium for public engagement. The advocacy goes on… Blogs (and other social media) can point readers to our (real) academic publications, particularly if they are held on open repositories. Blogging it seems is a kind of essential add-on to the usual academic writing and academic publication that we do.
Of course, some people do argue – and I’m in this camp – that blogging is in and of itself academic writing and academic publication. It’s not an add-on. It’s now part and parcel of the academic writing landscape. As such, it is of no less value than any…
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