Today in our conference session on Christians and Social Media, I pointed to a few of my own observations on the benefits and hazards of keeping a blog:
- it gives me a routine to process what is important in my work. In other words, each day, I’m able to think: what am I working on today that intrigues me, and is worth telling others about? The answer makes it into my blog
- it gives me opportunity to gain feedback and interaction on works in progress. This has been helpful for talks and publications, and has sometimes had the effect of changing my mind on a topic
- I have realised that sometimes I need to do a silly or devotional or openly self-critical post in order to deflate the self-promoting scholarly image that I’m tempted to portray
- it enables me to hear theologically different perspectives at length and to engage with them in a non-anonymous setting. I’m also forced to recognise that such people will read what I write, so I cannot caricature their views
- it enables me to disseminate info about my work, and to find out about others’ work.
- it is tempting to seek influential stats among bibliobloggers. Sometimes I need to pull back