Blogs, Blogging, Blawging, and the New Scholar
posted by Rick Swedloff
Although this is the first time I have ever blogged or blawged, I have been reading blogs since 2001. I came to read blogs in the usual way: as a diversion during the work day. I started with some of the well-written personal blogs. After that, I moved on to some funny blogs or major blogs that provided new and interesting diversions. I found blawgs much later. Because I am neither funny nor have an interest in sharing the boring details of my daily existence, before starting down this academic path I never seriously considered blogging. Now I see it as a way to keep me writing more regularly and give me space to flesh out some unleavened ideas. These are not new ideas and I suspect that these reasons plus some idea about self-promotion are part of why many people blog. But I could be wrong.
If I were into memes or had the time on this blog to run an interview series, I would love to ask some questions from top academic bloggers. But I’m not and I don’t so I’ll post the questions here and hope to get some responses. My hope is that answers to these questions will help new scholars and blawgers think about how to use blawgs.
* Why do you blog?
* How do you structure your day to include time for blogging?
* How many blogs do you read and do you use a feed?
* What is the connection between your scholarship and your blogging? Do you workshop new and quarter-baked ideas on your blog? Or do you keep potential article ideas away from the blog?
From the blogging perspective, I am also interested in the way in which incorporated blogs operate:
* How do folks split ad revenue to the extent that it exists (pro rata, based on number of posts, number of responses, amount of time)?
* When thinking about blog posts, do you consider whether they will generate more page views or comments?