This post is part of Doug Rocks-Macqueen’s Archaeology “Blogging Carnival” preparing for the 2014 Blogging in Archaeology session at the Society for American Archaeology meeting. You can read Doug’s kickoff post here and consider contributing your own post. Additionally, use the hashtag #blogarch to find other posts online!
For December 2013, Doug has asked participants to write on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of archaeology blogging.
Blogging == Writing Practice
Like most worthwhile skills, my writing ability atrophies unless I practice writing. I wrote my share of lousy papers while in undergrad and graduate school, but I also wrote a lot of papers period while in school. Over time, I refined my writing abilities enough that, even now, I can look back at several of my papers and, surprisingly, even my thesis without cringing too badly. Since graduating, however, I have been writing more technical reports, guides, and grant proposals. I find these different kinds of writing valuable in their own right, but they exercise a different skill set than used for more free form or academic writing. Through my blog, I have been able to write short posts on both broader topics in digital archaeology, as well as technical reviews. I’m not completely happy with the quality of my blog writing so far, but I think it’s improving and the skills I practice will help me as I write more on my research in the future and experiment with archaeology storytelling in other media. (What do you think of my writing? Feel free to comment below! :-)). Continue reading #11 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Archaeology Blogging