I’ve come this close to blog suicide a dozen times since September 2006 — when I launched this site. In fact, I even drafted a final post last winter. Had my finger on the “publish” trigger — I really did. But I chickened out.
I can’t be the only blogger who wonders what comes of all the time invested. I don’t use this blog to promote a business, to recruit students or to impress my bosses. And no one in my academic world will ever take it seriously as research or creative activity. Although this blog gets far more “peer review” than most academic journals, none of you hold me to any sort of standard! Thank you for that.
But I struggle with the ROI question — a lot. What’s in it for me? The answer eludes me.
As a blogger, I’ve learned a great deal about social media. That’s why I came here in the first place — to learn by doing. I like it, and I don’t like it. I find the conversations stimulating and the debates great fun. But I also find social media a bit too cozy for my tastes. Where I come from you don’t call people “friends” until you’ve gotten drunk with them around a campfire or helped them drag a deer out of the woods. Those are real friends, and I have a few.
All this got me thinking once more about the end. What would I say in my final post if I had to write it this week? I couldn’t resist that challenge. You’ll find it under the “My Final Post” tab on this site, though understand it’s only a work in progress.
Why publish it now? Because I’m a blogger — and I can. In many ways, that’s the crux of social media, isn’t it? We do it because we can.
Feel free to drop in on “My Final Post.” Offer suggestions if you must. Hell, push me off the bridge if you like. I mean, it’s only a fantasy — for now. And promise you won’t take it too seriously, OK? In fact, don’t take anything you read here too seriously. It’ll take the fun out of it.