If you count the original version of my blog on Blogger, I’ve been blogging for ten years (although the original posts no longer seem to be easily accessible). These kinds of milestones always invite some form of reflection and nostalgia and they certainly have inspired me to consider how my blogging practices have changed over the years.
Obviously much of the initial energy associated with blogging has now been redirected into other formats, especially social media such as Twitter and Facebook (often in ways that aren’t productive–especially on Facebook), but I still consider the blog to be an important part of my academic and professional work, a place where ideas can be developed and shared in an extended format that wouldn’t work as well on other platforms. I can honestly say that Reinventing Cinema never would have been written–or taken shape in the way that it did–without the ability to use the blog as a “public workbench,” to use Matthew Kirschenbaum’s phrase.
My original goals for starting a blog–my desire to find a scholarly and social community online–have long been fulfilled, whether by the blog itself or by other networks that exist alongside of it. The blog is itself no longer an “experiment,” as the name suggests, but I hope it continues to serve as a space where I can work through questions about media and culture in productive ways and that it can be a place where I can contribute to all of our ongoing conversations about film, TV, and political communication…and whatever other topics attract my attention.
Thanks to everyone who has commented, linked to, or just stopped by to read a few blog posts over the years. The real value of blogging has always been the community around it, and even as that community has evolved over the years, it has been an incredibly rewarding experience, one that I hope will continue for a long time.