First and foremost I have to say that blogging and tweeting are difficult for me. It doesn’t feel natural, but I guess that is a portion of the goal of this course. I don’t feel that what I have to say or share on a topic is important enough to warrant a digital discussion. However, after reading Working openly on the web, my views on blogging has somewhat changed.
I have been on social media since I could type, probably. I had a blog when I was studying abroad in Germany, as that was the easiest way for my friends and family to keep up with me that didn’t involve me telling the same story 12 different times. When I read the article, and saw the very first point, “Have a corner of the web that you control” it really struck me. This idea of blogging isn’t a long version of a facebook status and letting everyone know how awesome my sushi was today, but to control the content of which I am associated with. If this course keeps forcing me to have epiphanies weekly we are going to have to slow this train down!
Gardner Campbell’s article too I found interesting. In engineering, typically you hold your research cards very close to your chest while you scowl at other individuals who even THINK about looking at you. This article as well as the second rule in the first article seem to have a different idea in mind. That is, share your research ideas and your academics with other individuals. I need to do some thinking on this, as it is off-putting to me at this point. Maybe someone can help explain this to me, but if I come up with a great idea or get some data that outlines a new finding in my field, I am going to keep that to myself until I can publish a paper on it. Perhaps the idea is to move away from academic papers? Woah! That sounds crazy!