Actually, we opened this blog section above a year ago and we wrote a blog to communicate more effectively with people, meet a lot of new friends, and increase personal influence. It is a public medium for you to speak out. It is short and easy to read and can be used. In the first person, it is easier to show personality. Compared with printed academic works, blogs have a lot fewer rules and regulations, and they can also help you find partners. If you, like me, have been focusing on research in a niche area without a large number of publications for reference, then blogging is a good idea.
In the first few months of my blog, a friend asked me, "Will spending time on fragmented prose delay real research?" In this regard, we must state that blogging is not a hypocritical hobby. It is becoming a part of personal identity, and its value is no less than that of any other form of writing. Although blogs are not counted in the evaluation of job titles and technical discussions, this does not reduce their value. Bloggers understand in their hearts that blogs are what they think (the most) valuable thing, a high-level intellectual output.
Starting a blog may be one of my smartest decisions. Sometimes I am too immersed in it, and I will write all day long. If you are a practitioner in a sub-industry field, I have 7 reasons to convince you why you should blog:1. Blogging can help you build a writing habit
Writing needs to mobilize creative wisdom. To be a good scholar, some people advocate writing every day. Regular blogging can be part of this habit. A blog post can be completed by one person sitting in any space, because it is small, independent, and can be drafted in a relatively short time. You can finish writing and publish an article in a few days. Establishing and maintaining this publish-feedback cycle gives bloggers a good motivation to develop a regular writing habit.2. Blogs let you try to speak with words
Generally, blog writing is not as formal as other publications. It is entirely possible to try different perspectives, syntax, vocabulary, and genres. These text experiments can help you develop your unique style of writing to express your opinions. Recently, I have found that I have become more and more used to blogging in a relaxed writing style: shorter sentences, more metaphors, fewer adjectives, and I tend to express my opinions in a simple way.3. Blogging allows you to reach your academic goals
Blogs are usually short articles, not too long. You have to learn to speak your thoughts in 2000 words or make it possible to talk to each other between multiple viewpoints. A blog post is an ideal place to talk about one thing. Journal articles often require you to talk to other authors. If your article contains too many ideas and is too complicated, it will be rejected by the journal. Therefore, in daily blogs, learning to master good writing habits and writing regularly can support you in completing other forms of writing.
4. Blogs help you find your readers
When you start a blog, you must consider who might be interested in it. You must concentrate on attracting them to read your post. In the virtual world, boring posts are more likely to be left out than boring people. You don't want this, so you have to figure out what your readers are expecting. The blog itself is an interactive platform. The behind-the-scenes data helps you understand which posts are more popular, who read them, and how many people reposted them. This helps you understand readers better. This advantage is not available in academic publications. Information on how many people clicked and started reading articles on all blogging platforms.5. Blogging forces you to be more concise
Most blogs are relatively short, and readers don’t want to listen to your tirades. From the statistics of the many posts I have written, personal blogs are not a place to show off their erudition. Even if you find an example to be very attractive, if the introduction of this example weakens the connection between the paragraphs of the article, or lets Readers are getting impatient, so it's better to delete it. To help readers get into the state quickly, blog posts can be organized by listing main points or short paragraphs, like this article lists 1 to 7. Simplicity is a virtue in modern society. Learning how to make short speeches will make you more popular in almost all social activities and academic venues.6. A blog allows you to try a variety of writing styles
A blog can have many kinds of posts. Some people always like to use a specific format, while others are eclectic. Blogs are purely personal creations, so there are no rules. You can do whatever you want, and of course, take care of your readers. Your blog may be a short episode, a narrative, a travel photo album, or a short and interesting literature review. You can also write letters or satirical comments, use images, videos, and conversation recordings to express your views and explain what you have done. I recently started experimenting with editing short travel videos. Maybe I just started using iMovie. Anyway, I think it’s fun.7. Blogs help you build self-confidence
If you have not started writing regularly, you may have many concerns about the writing itself. Writing is a skill that requires practice just like acquiring other skills. No one is a master blogger from the beginning. As you become more and more accustomed to publishing texts on time, you will realize the possibilities that your existence brings to the world. Although you are not a real writer yet, you have clearly understood that writing is the core of the daily work of technical workers, and you can actively participate in discussions in the (non-)academic circle with less serious writing.
In short, blogs can help you gain a place in the highly competitive technology market, add a little comfort to your lonely days, train your presentation skills, and make your presentation more concise and elegant in front of others.
From Jinan LIJIANG Glass