I started blogging back in September 2008 as part of a course requirement for a digital history class I took as part of my MA in Public History. Looking back I have a hard time believing I’ve kept up with the practice for eight years. There have been the occasional lulls in my writing but I seem to always return to the keyboard.
Eight years of blogging and over 530 posts later, writing in the public sphere is still an essential part of my professional practice. This informal writing practice has benefited me by connecting me with other professionals, helped me work through ideas in a space that can allow for collaboration, and opened doors to other opportunities. It is also flexible enough that I can adapt my writing style and topics based on interest, time commitment, and professional interests.
Is it worth the effort? I can point to definite projects that have developed out of my online presence (on twitter and through blogging) and there are people I have connected with virtually who have become valued colleagues and friends. So, yes. I think it’s a practice worth maintaining and one I plan on continuing with for the foreseeable future.