During my time as a PhD student, professors have shared mixed comments about blogging. Some professors have encouraged me to blog and others have deemed the practice as a waste of time.
What I noticed about those who were from the pro-blog camp is that they are either assistant professors or senior professors who happen to be tech savvy.
The anti-blog camp are typically older and committed to the traditional expectations of academia.
Even those from the pro-blog camp struggle with the act. One professor asked me to chime in on a potential post. The content was soooooo thick [wordy]. For some, making the transition from hefty manuscripts to brief and succinct commentary is a major challenge. Here are a few other troubling comments that I have heard from students and professors:
- I’m long-winded, and there’s no way I can cram all of what I have to say in that box.
- Blogging will call into question my status as a serious scholar.
- Who actually reads that %!#&?
Maybe it is time for universities to offer training on contemporary sharing platforms. Reboot?