Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I feel the same way about blogging. If someone asks me "Why blog?", my answer is "Why not?" There is actually a danger in getting too navel-gazing about it. If you want to blog, or think you might want to blog, give it a go. See how it goes. If you enjoy it, great. If others enjoy it, even better. If not, you've not lost anything, except perhaps a little time.
I was recently perusing the wayback machine's archive of the old Biblioblog interviews as part of my research for a paper I was writing for the SBL International (Biblioblogs.com still defunct). Happily, the Biblioblog Top 50 has now rescued these from oblivion. One of the things that is fun about looking at these interviews is that several of them are of bloggers that have long since vanished from the blogosphere. And I think that that's great. It's not great that they have gone (I loved Bruce Fisk's, for example), but it is great that they gave it a go and found that it was not for them.
Recently, Joshua Mann asked me a series of questions about blogging, one of which was "Why blog?", to which the answer is definitely, "Why not?" Several have already had a go at Joshua's questions and have done a great job -- see his blog.
I suppose that what I am trying to get at is that you don't know until you've tried. Why not give it a go? I kind of love blogging and wish I did it more often. And I suspect that there are loads of people who would be great at it who never give it a go. And there are loads of people who are rubbish at it and who should probably have given up on it.
I was going to get to Joshua's questions in this blog post, but realize now that I have spent so long on my pre-amble that I am going to have to wait for the next post to answer the actual questions. And that illustrates something about blogging -- it is spontaneous, self-indulgent, ephemeral and probably a complete waste of space.