July 11, 2012
In 2008, a year after I graduated college and a year into my Masters program, I started JasonHeppler.org.1 My writing here started out slowly, as a visit to the archives can attest. Even so, I never wanted the site to become overwhelming either for myself to maintain or readers that find enjoyment in the things I write about or link to.
I’ve been reflecting on the things I’ve learned as an academic blogger, and Shawn Blanc’s recent post prompted me to write up a few things I’ve learned over the last four years of writing here.2 Here’s an unordered list of thirty things.
The overall theme here is to be online. I cannot overstate how important it is to be engaged digitally, ideally on both blogs and Twitter where the humanities community is quite active. I credit my online presence with opening up some professional opportunities that have come my way recently (which I’m not going to reveal right now) as well as introducing me to a lot of people who I admire. The act of writing consistently helps you as a writer, but doing so publically adds to your online reputation as well. You are doing yourself a favor, in a job market that’s already extremely competitive, by writing for the web.
To be more precise, I actually started writing for a WordPress blog I called Digital Clio, a collaborative blog I started with Brent Rogers. We both fell out of regular writing mainly due to busy schedules, but I moved my posts from DC over to here.↩
This list could also have been titled “What I’ve Learned as an Academic Tweeter.” Twitter has also proven an important medium for myself both personally and professionally. I joined Twitter roughly around the same time I started blogging.↩