December is the 2nd month in the archaeology blogging carnival initiated by Doug’s Archaeology blog (you can see how to take part here, while the responses to the November question can be found here; my own reply to Why blogging can be read here). So far, there have been quite a number of responses, some of them quite interesting. In any case, it’s a good initiative to get people in the field to talk about what they are doing and how the new media of communication have an impact on their activities (or not).
This month’s question is: The good, the bad, and the ugly of blogging. I will be short, so:
The best part about running a blog is that it challenges one to keep up with the news in the field and with finding new topics to present to the general public (whatever this general public is). Therefore, whatever it is that you read, you have in mind that you need to present its relevance to a wider audience. Furthermore, one of the best things about blogging has been the discovery of fellow bloggers- I got to know some pretty awesome research and posts from several colleagues in the field, which I would have probably never come across otherwise (you can find in my Blogroll some of them).
I am not sure that I have something to label “bad”, maybe just a thought which goes beyond the whole phenomena. Going public can give one the illusion that the ideas are read and will have some sort of impact- raise awareness towards the chosen topics etc. In practice, this is far from reality (and I am talking just about my blog and my experience). Therefore, this reality check can become frustrating at times, the risk of going outside one’s ivory tower.
I can not say there is something worth mentioning under this label, other than the “spam” section- once you are out there, making your thoughts public, you are open to all sorts of “unfortunate” events: from commercial sites spamming you with likes or comments, to weirdos reading your stuff.
If you want to take part in the festival, don’t forget that it’s still time til 31st of December to answer this month’s question 🙂