ALD History Blog was created predominantly to help in the coordination of the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA). Before the blog, I used email for coordination and additionally published short notes in Twitter (as @rlpuu) and in the LinkedIn ALD History group. Clear benefits of a blog are e.g. the wealth of contents that can be included (e.g., length of post, links, pictures, videos, ...) and the unlimited internet access/search engine visibility.
Blogging - similarly as the coordination of the VPHA - has brought along many new experiences and learnings. A year after starting the blog, I thought it would be a good idea to summarise the main learnings, to help others who might consider starting a topical science blog.
- ALD History Blog is powered by blogger.com. That I ended up using Blogger as the platform was largely because of the example of the BALD Engineering Blog and the advise by Dr. Jonas Sundqvist (thank you Jonas for having helped me to get started!). There are other options available and as I have not used them, I cannot comment on their usability. From Blogger, I can say that for someone with no earlier experience in blogging or website administration (I have just a bit with vph-ald.com), Blogger has been an easy choise and logical to use.
- Learning: I could choose to use blogger.com again.
- Learning: As the first thing, you can change the Privacy settings of the blog.
- Learning: Give thought to which keywords to use and use them systematically.
- Learning: "Pages" is a useful feature for contents that will be regularly updated.
- Learning: 2 weeks unmoderated comments and moderated comments thereafter, works fine.
- Learning: A separate Twitter account can help create structure in Twitter to posts related to a specific topic.
Before starting the ALD History Blog, I hesitated for quite a long time whether or not to start the blog. I was concerned, whether I will have enough to say. What if blogging will stop before it really started? In hindsight, blogging has been an interesting and valuable (and a bit time-consuming) experience/hobby. The blog has most likely significantly increased the worldwide impact of the VPHA. I am happy that I started ALD History Blog and I could consider starting another blog for another topic in the future.
Espoo, Finland, October 25, 2016
Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust