It’s 2021. So, why blog when peak blogging was like 2007?
Here are some random bullets on why blogging works for me.
- The more you write, the more ideas you generate. Usually it’s ideas for more blog posts, but sometimes it’s new ideas for research.
- Blog posts have a direct, conversational tone. Like I’m talking with you, not at you.
- Blog posts make nice homes for half-baked, less-than-LPU manuscripts that have languished for years.
- Many questions posted on the OpenSees message board, Facebook group, or GitHub have already been answered in a blog post. I respond with a link.
- If a question from an online forum can’t be answered by a simple Google search, I’ll write a blog post with my answer. I read in another blog that a blog post is the greatest gift you can give someone who asks a question.
- I supplement course materials (lecture notes, examples, assignments, and projects) with blog posts. Students seem to like this.
- Just like in-person lectures, I infuse blog posts with references to obscure 80s and 90s American pop culture. Very few students seem to get this–I should update my references.