I am fairly new to the concept of blogging. The only blog posts I have written have been for classes where blogging was required. I really don’t engage much in social media either, so the frequent sell of leveraging social media and internet networks for personal and professional engagement in larger communities while tempting didn’t seem like something I would be good at. However, the following phrase from Seth Goden completely changed how I think about the idea of blogging: “What matters is the humility that comes from writing it. What matters is the metacognition of thinking about what you are going to say.”
That rationale for blogging resonates with me as something that was easier to tackle as a beginner. I could blog just to put my ideas out there, to gain publicity, to give my research more visibility, or to create a public professional profile for myself that will be valuable moving forward. But as someone who writes pretty much exclusively for publications and class reports, taking all of that on sounded a bit daunting. I was having trouble finding a starting point to “create a professional profile and engage with the entire online community”. I was completely overwhelmed at that prospect. But writing just to practice writing and to practice putting my thoughts into writing in a space where I can quickly get an idea of how people from diverse backgrounds interpret my writing seems like a reasonable starting point (I don’t actually know if that is actually any easier, but it seems less intimidating to me personally).
So instead of this being another class where I just write blog posts to check off the requirements, I am going to make an effort to really make this a growing experience using blogging. It is a chance for me to become a better writer while simultaneously getting used to engaging in a practice that will be hugely beneficial in the future. Hopefully this will be a starting point for me.