I’ve been slacking off a bit since the New Year, but the final question of the blogging carnival- where are you/we going with blogging and where would you like it to go?- is one that deservers an answer.
As for the first part of the question, “where are you going with blogging”, I’ve turned this question over and over in my mind. At times I’ve contemplated going a more academic route with my blog, but I enjoy the freedom to post cartoons and gifts of Indy too much to do that. That being said, it would be nice, one day, to have a blogging product that I’m not nervous about sharing with professors and colleagues for fear that they will come across my Indiana Jones appreciation posts and ignore all of the thoughtful content I’ve produced over the past two years.
Which brings me to the second part of the question, “where would you like blogging to go?” I would like to be able to mention my blog without getting responses like “you’re really into that blogging stuff, aren’t you?” or “oh, are you gonna tweet that?” And mind you these aren’t comments coming from professors, these are coming from people my age (early 20s, if you aren’t aware). If anything, I would say that I’ve encountered more acceptance from older colleagues than from people my age. Maybe my generation is so saturated with social media that we can’t seriously consider its utility. Or maybe its simply because as much as we talk about public archaeology, none of us have actually run our own project before, and so for the vast majority of grad students Instagram is just for taking selfies and Facebook is where we find our next Buzzfeed quiz.
The ultimate answer to this question then- “where would you like blogging to go?”- is that I want blogging to go into our archaeological toolkits- I want my generation, when we’re running projects of our own, to be able to take all of our experience using social media for self-promotion and be able to use it for site promotion.