A paper by Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson entitled Why do academics blog? An analysis of audiences, purposes and challenges has just appeared online. The paper caught my attention, and not simply because it quotes at length from a post I wrote back at the beginning of the year. I regularly reflect upon what I’m doing, or trying to do, when I’m blogging. It was interesting to see whether what I’m doing bears any resemblance to what others are doing.
I guess an initial caveat would be – as outlined the post I referred to above – that I don’t see myself so much as an academic blogger as an academic who blogs. Or a blogger who happens to be an academic. Or something.
The distinction between “academic blogging” and “an academic who blogs” has always been of some significance to me, if not to anyone else. [Read more...]