Blog 2.0: To Blog or Not to Blog

Hello everyone, as some of you may have noticed, I had to rebuild this website, and in the process of doing so, I’ve taken down the old blog. It’s sitting in a private WordPress archive, all eight years (2008-2016) of talking to myself and to some of you, about teaching, reading, writing, revising, and about “the industry.”

Prior to this, I kept a Blogger blog from 2004 to 2007. All of my blogs, pretty much cumulatively un-curated and super high volume. Perhaps some of it could be useful to folks other than myself. Published poems, essays, and book reviews came from my blog posts. Clarifying my ideas about syllabus creation and teaching, talking myself through manuscript revisions and submissions happened there. So yes, blogging was very productive for me.

Does anyone blog anymore? Do we lose anything, as we move away from this media, in favor of the intense, frequent, short, forgettable blasts of Facebook and Twitter? Or when we as writers move to Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, et al.

Or am I over-dramatizing? Perhaps this social media “long format” is no longer of use to most folks. I do know that what I wrote above, about my own uses of blog is what I would like to continue doing here. Even if I’m talking to myself, talking myself through my writing process, through manuscript revisions and submissions.

OK. Let’s see how this goes.

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