Why blogging 2
I realised that I can't wait to answer why do I blog? :)
I always need a conversation for growing my ideas. This is the main reason I blog. Even if no one comments, blogging makes it a conversation: I come to the idea next day and I can discuss it with "yesterday's Lilia" :) Of course, articulation helps growing ideas as well.
Another reason to blog is to make some free space in my memory: I can easily come back to it later. The Social Life of Paper says it well in describing the use of paper by air-traffic controllers:
By writing on the strips, they can off-load information, keeping their minds free to attend to other matters.
I also blog to keep a feeling of “coffee-table dialog” with my far-away colleagues: “You know, I’ve just read this article and was triggered with these ideas. What do you think?”
These were the reasons to start blogging. Later I discovered other great things:
- blogging builds my own (customised! :) network of like-minded people without almost any effort from me
- it is great for filtering links
- it improves my English
- it gives me a better face on-line that any profile I could think about (it allows googling me as well)
- it's easier to search than any other "notes" I make
- more nice things in the story about blogs in research by Sébastien Paquet
I post when I feel like it (often) and when I have time (not always). Sometimes I don't post things I'd like to because of confidentiality (something internal) or copyright reasons (blogging conference if presenters are not aware of me blogging). I hope that those two problems will be solved soon with conference blogging becoming usual and my work to encourage internal blogging pilot :)
And finally, as "David" says:
blogging is like a loving sexual relationship - you just do not realize how rich and rewarding it is until you have experienced it