So, this is my first blog post and my introduction to blogging via the DH23Things skills development programme by Helen Webster at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. When I say this is my first blog, I should perhaps confess that just last week I launched my first wordpress site – but only with the help of a couple of web designers and content provided by academic partners and scholars. I think it’s fair to say that while I’m familiar with the technology, finding something to say that’s worth blogging about presents the bigger challenge.
The first hurdle to overcome was to find a name for the blog site which reinforced without even searching Technorati how many blogs and bloggers there already are out there. WordPress promised I’d be blogging in minutes, but 24 hours later I still hadn’t found a blog name I was happy with. I settled in the end on ‘another rambler’ because both ‘the rambler’ and ‘just another rambler’ were taken. Whether I have something new to say that makes it worth me adding my voice to all the other online bloggers and ramblers I don’t yet know. I hope the DH23Things programme will help me to find out.
I’m taking a rather different angle to this programme as I’m not an early career researcher. I’m actually doing communications at CRASSH. Digital comms is a central part of my role and I hope this course will help me to explore new tools and, more pertinently, their application in academia, as well as unearth some of the content produced online by early career researchers at Cambridge.
For now my audience is – I hope – fellow DH23ers but as this is a public forum I’m aware that I have to find an appropriate tone and appropriate content to share here. For me, blogging might help me engage different audiences and find content I’m interested in. I don’t currently read many blogs aside from Athene Donald’s, so I’m sure there are lots of interesting ones out here.
I anticipate that once the training is complete this blog will become more like a static online cv with regular updates on my interests (books I’m reading, concerts I’m playing in), but for now I’m open to suggestions…