I got roped into a panel on “Writing for a general audience,” which is, strangely, one that you need to sign up and pay $10 for, I think because it is designated as a “workshop” — i’m thinking that this might be a rip off, given what we already pay… and it’s not like I’m seeing that money. But I digress. In any case, here’s what I produced for the workshop, which I guess I should charge you $10 for just so that the people in the workshop don’t feel cheated and all. Maybe you could buy a shirt instead
ckelty’s unimportant, quickly written, barely proofread, profound thoughts on blogging (in particular with respect to anthropology), including some clear ‘do as I say, not as I do’ moments.
- Blogging is so not for everyone. The first reason to blog is to figure out whether it is for you. And this is part of the point: there is no cost or barrier to blogging. Anyone can do it, and anyone who says that there is a digital divide is selling you snake oil of one kind or another. What they usually mean is: not everyone is equal. This is true, and sadly, blogging won’t change that.
Blog because you want to, and if you are lucky because people want to read what you write. Getting people to read what you write is not hard. Getting the right people to read what you write is very hard. On the other hand, it’s easier to get the anthropologist in the office next to yours to read a blog post about your last article than your last article—and might force you to elegantly and concisely communicate what it’s about and why it is important. And if you don’t have an office, all the more reason to blog about your articles! If you don’t have any articles, definitely stop blogging now.
Why blog in anthropology?