Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stock and Flow

The other day I saw a t-shirt for sale that said, “More people have read this shirt than your blog.” Hah! And yes, it’s quite crappy to point out the obvious, but so very true.  SO since the vast majority of academic bloggers are not really writing for a public, why are we blogging?  In a way we are alone in our posts just as we are with our thoughts, but our “blog-thoughts” are potentially in public view and this changes everything.  

This blog started two years ago today to keep track of my experiences during fieldwork in El Salvador. I discovered that blogging is a discipline that engages us, as academics, with the field.  I agree wholeheartedly with Colin Gifford Brooke's recent post about academic blogging in which he points out that academic bloggers divide their time and energy between the static stock (archives, publications, books, the stuff that gives you authority and gets you job offers) and the stream and flow (the feed of tweets, blog entries, facebook posts, social media, random and not-peer edited online publications). 

Brooke puts it this way:

Blogging over these last two years has served as an outlet that connects the traditional academic world with the feed-flow-stream of informal discourse, culture, and activism.  I have found that social media and blogging are great (albeit unceremonious) ways to engage with the field that can compliment our contributions to the stock. So, happy two year anniversary blog!!     

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