30 October 2016
To blog or not to blog?
I blog for many reasons (beyond the ego driven nature of it all). I find it helps me get more familiar on an issue and it helps me organise and clarify my thoughts on it. It also forces me to read key documents. It helps me write more succinctly and to the point. It helps to share information and views (admittedly mine). It also helps promote transparency.
I write about this now now because I just passed a million page views on the Development Horizons blog. The blog has been running since 2009 and I have posted about 600 blogs during those 7 years. That's about 1,600 page views per blog.
For context my Google Scholar citation count is about 18,000 over about 120 articles over 30 years. If we assume one citation for 10 article reads (and I have no idea if this ratio approximates reality, but it seems plausible) then that is 180,000 reads.
Apples and oranges, I know, but it is interesting that blogs are so widely read (not surprising when you think about it--they are short, free and one click away).
Are there risks? Yes, blogs can oversimplify, have no peer review process and are often data and link free. They can be sheer vanity projects. Still, these risks can be managed. And finally, remember that content is king (or queen): if the blog is boring and uninformative no-one will read it.
So colleagues (and I use that term in the widest sense) I encourage you to blog now, blog often and blog responsibly! (And if you can't do that, at least keep reading my blog!)