To be clear, I’m not a blogger. It’s not that I don’t want to be. I guess I just never felt compelled to become one. I’ve certainly lurked on occasion, realizing immediately that without the proper audience, there could be a whole lot of work with little outside support. I suppose I felt there was a certain vulnerability by opening myself up publicly. I don’t even care much to share my peer review my writings with my cohort whom I feel a particular academic bond with. And it’s not that I don’t realize the importance of the writing process to have feedback and constructive criticism. I do. I guess I anticipate there will be more criticism than constructiveness.
After reading some of the posts from my fellow GEDI masters, I realized I’ve missed the point. It’s not to present a finely polished final product that everyone can marvel at. It’s to grow the audience. Peer review is just a microcosm of what an academic blog can be. The more we can grow as an audience, the more it benefits us all. As Tim Hitchcock tells us, “we can do what we have always done, but do it better; as a public performance, in dialogue amongst ourselves, and with a wider public.” Doug Belshaw extends the metaphorical importance of a blog further by likening it to a microphone, giving us the ability to reach more and more people.
So if getting out of my comfort zone is a way that can help not only my writing process but the academic community that I want to belong to as well, then so be it. I suppose it’s time to give blogging a chance. Just be patient with me since this is a learning process for me and I’m just learnding.