When I ask my students how many of them read blogs, in a class of 19, maybe one or two hands go up. Sometimes none. Blogging is an old folks thing. As is Facebook–“I only use that to talk to my grandma,” is what I typically hear from eighteen-year-olds today.
In my Digital Rhetoric class, I usually assign Andrew Sullivan’s “Why I Blog.” In the essay, Sullivan outlines the pros and cons of blogging. Most are what you would call double-edged swords: the lack of an editor, the immediate and unfiltered feedback from readers, and the thrill of writing and publishing to an audience in real time. “A novelist can spend months or years before committing words to the world,” Sullivan says. “For bloggers, the deadline is always now.”
As someone who spends a lot of time writing to an audience of one, I find blogging equally exciting. My interest in blogging, combined with a growing need to house the links to my varied work, has led me to create this website, Write Like Mike.
I can’t say how often I will post, or what those posts may entail, but I do have a few goals in mind: 1) to share my writing successes and failures 2) to offer support to those writers who, like me, are trying to write between jobs and other commitments, and 3) to offer tips and resources for teachers of college writing.
Don’t be afraid to stop by and see what’s new. I am admittedly a blogging novice, so your feedback and suggestions for future posts are welcome. I know we are all busy, so I will try and make my posts short and to the point, without pointless titles or stupid jokes.
Now, I have to show my grandma how to unfollow someone on Facebook…