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Session 4A: Blogging for the long haul


Scicurious and Zen Faulkes
Thurs, Jan 31, 4:00-5:00pm, Room 3

Description: The oldest science blogs are just hitting their ten year blogiversaries. A lot of blogs have come and gone in that time. Will you still be blogging in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? What does it take to write a blog (or other online project) for the long haul? Many creative people have at one time or another faced the dreaded “writer’s block” or its equivalent. How do you break out of creative slumps, dry spells, and blocks so that you do not disappear from the scene? What are the warning signs that you disconnect entirely? Is there a good balance between the rush to say something current, to be the first, and writing something of substance, that people will remember? Are you confident that someone will be able to read your blog ten years from today? And would they find anything worth reading?

Questions:
Do you expect to still be blogging in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? What strategies you use to keep a blog going for years, or even decades?
When is it worth it to disconnect from the online conversation and focus? What are the warning signs that you’ve spread yourself too thin?
How can you beat – or, better yet, avoid - a dry spell or writer’s block?
Would all the stuff you’ve blogged survive a change to a new platform or – horrors – the company going under?
What are the long term rewards of creating a long term project? How much traffic do posts get years after you’ve written them?



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