This month is the last of the Blogging Carnival hosted very graciously by Doug’s Archaeology.
Here’s the question: “…where are you/we going with blogging or would you it like to go? I leave it up to you to choose between reflecting on you and your blog personally or all of archaeology blogging/bloggers or both. Tells us your goals for blogging. Or if you have none why that is? Tell us the direction that you hope blogging takes in archaeology.”
So where does yours truly see the future of Archaeology Blogging going, well pretty darn well if I might say so myself. Blogging in general has taken off with platforms such as WordPress, Blogspot and Tumblr, which means anyone with a computer can be a blogger if they so desire. The essence of blogging is almost like having an online journal to send your own thoughts and opinions to the ocean of the Internet for the whole world to see.
Getting social media savvy
Archaeology in itself is a science, and one that many have their own opinion about. Those that choose to express their scientific views, in the past, would’ve found it difficult to get it past the editors of science publications, but now there’s a massive portal to let your ideas run wild and let people know your thoughts about the past.
The future of archaeology blogging is filled with possibilities. Blogging has become a modern way to publish findings and revelations, and what’s better is that it appeals to the younger generation to learn in a fashion suited better for them. With the advent of social media, the path of sending out information, let alone your info, has become easy for anyone with a computer or mobile phone to read.
I also thinks it’s important, if not necessary, for all archaeology bloggers to become social media savvy. The rise of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will lead the way in public interaction and clickthroughs. It’s like a root system of a plant, the more it has the more stable the plant is.
What about Unearthed?
As for my little blog here, not even one year old (they grow up so fast. *wipes tear), I hope to produce more and more news and interesting blog posts for people to visit everyday, and sooner or later keep it going and write about dig and excavation experiences (if I can get on some) and also try to make archaeology cool for the masses, because let’s face it, it is!
Basically I would want to do it full-time.
But it takes a lot of work to get your blog going and to establish a following, especially being a South African archaeology blogger! After almost a year of blogging in this field now, I’ve figured out I was pretty naive about the work load, research and content needed to keep the gears oiled. Blogging is hard, it’s a challenge, but that’s what makes it exciting.