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 Why Blog?

  • November 16th, 2006
  • 4:38 pm

The Community College Dean has written about why he blogs, and asks any and all readers to tack on to his effort.

My blog is not very anonymous. It is occasionally personal, occasionally political and throughout a venting location for thoughts, and a place where I formulate myself in higher detail – so to speak a scratchpad, but public enough for me to allow others to read it.

I write it to formulate my own thoughts further, find possible errors, start discussions, or just jot down the viewpoints that illuminated some point of some argument for me. I do it in public because I thouroughly enjoy the conversations it sparks.

I can see the charm of anonymity, but I am way too much of an attention junkie to be able to stay anonymous for very long. This has come up in my career – thoughts about job applications in process, published on this blog, and even more on my livejournal, sparked questions at the hiring interview with the potential (and now current) employer about my writings and what influence the there formulated ideas would have on my actual poise toward my current job.

1 Person had this to say...

  • Dan P
  • November 16th, 2006
  • 18:38

Blogging is great for someone like me who’s left academia and yet is still trying to do a bit of mathematics on the side in my spare time. Learning any subject on your own is hard and sometimes it’s tricky to stay motivated. Forcing yourself to structure your thoughts in a form that someone else can read (even if nobody else is actually reading it) really helps a lot. And knowing that you’ll have a nice finished document at the end is quite motivating. It also helps as a sanity check – if you make a glaringly wrong statement, someone is likely to correct you quickly. I’ve also found my old posts to be useful notes for myself!

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