too much information and blogs
It occurs to me that one reason scholars may not blog is for the fear of releasing “too much information” about one’s self. Who, after all, wants to know or cares whether you are lost in nyc, think campuses are ugly, or, who cares what states you’ve blogged from. On the other hand, if you keep the purposes of blogs in perspective, then occasional musings of this sort should not bother anyone.
Specifically, blogging is the electronic equivalent of standing around the watercooler, sitting at the cafe, or visiting at the faculty lounge. As mentioned by Brad Delong, blogging is a way to engage in dialogue with those beyond your physical vicinity, in short – engaging the invisible college. It is informal chit-chat about current events and research and ephemera, it is commiseration and perhaps a form of therapy, it is public discussion and interaction, it is a free-flowing, informal medium to exchange thoughts, float intellectual trial balloons, and so forth. In the very best cases – ideas are seeded, information is distributed, public interaction is facilitated, community is built. In the worst cases – time is wasted.
Idealistic. So, all that said, there is of course such a thing as “too much information,” and to recognize that fact, we will add a new category with that title as orgtheory.net is likely to have future posts that easily meet the “too much information” category.