Saturday, December 15, 2007

Why Blog?

Lately I have been considering this blog. Sometimes I think my tone is too negative and I spend too much time complaining about grad school. Of course, this psychologist, supports me in my enjoyment of whining. I love her.

Despite her recommendations, I have decided that the problem with this blog is that I don't let enough aspects of my personality out. I'm completely ADD in terms of my interests and this causes me some anxiety. I feel pressure to focus. Articles about how to write a successful blog always recommend focusing your blog on a particular topic and thinking about your audience and what they are interested in.

Instead, I have decided to blog about as many different topics as possible, which is fine because I'm not interested in attracting a large audience. In fact, this week I discovered that I can't keep up with reading all the new academic blogs out there. My bloglines is overflowing with them, as evidenced my blogroll.

Let the randomness commence! (Wait, this might be an early New Year's resolution.)

6 comments:

Anastasia said...

I've never really thought that advice made sense of blogs of academic lives. the point is to blog your academic life. that's a clearly defined field but it opens the way for a whole range of topics. I say be random. I tend to get really bored with the tightly focused blogs.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

I tend to agree...

I think the point is that you are an academic and your blog should be about your life -- all of it.

Philip said...

Write about whatever you want.

Change as often as you want.

Do not concern yourself with 'what my readers might want.' Write about things in the manner that you wish, revealling or hiding as much as you wish, as often or as infrequently as you wish.

It's your space. Just be true to yourself.

wil said...

Hear! Hear! Focus shmocus. Let the randomness commence!

comebacknikki said...

Write about whatever you want whenever you want! Randomness rules!

JustMe said...

i agree, write about everything and anything!