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A wonderful view on sblogging*this means scientific blogging. I had some fun going google for search request ´sblogfinding out this is defined also as semi-blog as well as survivor blog, to quote two out of--I dont remember how many hits. </span></span> can be read at the <a href="http://www.historians.org/index.cfm">American Historical Association</a>s page.
An article worth having a short klick in for everyone being interested in what academic blogging is good for and why it might be done.
Ralph E. Luker--founder of Cliopatria, a History News Network based groupblog--offers some possible answers by Were There Blog enough and Time.
Quoting one out of five arguments of Timothy Burke`s reasons to blog: <<Because I'm a compulsive loudmouth.>> [ from Burke’s Home For Imaginary Friends],
Luker responds: <<Burke's fifth point must have amused his colleagues at Swarthmore as much as it did his virtual colleagues in cyberspace, because he models for himself and others "how we should all behave within an idealized democratic public sphere" so very well.

But Burke's fifth point does raise one of the questions one hears about blogging: is it quite respectable?
Perhaps it is not; but as a Methodist, I'm reminded of John Wesley's explanation of why he went out to the mines and fields of England to preach the gospel. "I resolved to be more vulgar," he said. Like Wesley, bloggers are occasionally dismissed as "enthusiasts." But think back to a time when you were young and discovered your passionate love of history. Think back to a time when your idealism told you that, if you could afford to do it, teaching and learning was what you would do, even if you were not paid to do it.
I was not being paid when I found that Cliopatria had its first reader from Nepal, but money could not have bought the thrill of it.
There I am, sitting on a blog in Atlanta, and my student on the other end of that blog is somewhere in the high reaches of Nepal. Amazing.>>

via entry at AnthroBlog Blog


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