Why should an academic blog?

2 09 2004

mills.jpgLast spring I read a passage from Mills in a course called the research process. Today I ran across the same passage on Alex Halavais’ blog. At the time when I first read it I felt burdened as to how I would ever manage to be so organized. But now I realize that a blog might just help me become a better academic. I sure hope so anyway.

Mills has described, far better than I ever could, why a graduate student should keep a blog. Of course, the piece that may be missing here is the public nature of blogging. That certainly changes things in many ways. But the central idea remains constant: blogging is the process of externalizing thought, of putting form to experience.

Mills on blogging

Via Relevant History.

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