I have decided to try to blog daily about blogging and blog software to get the thesis writing process going. I am writing about blogging and blogging software using word processing software and this doesn’t seem logical. Not only does my mind turn blank whenever I open my thesis document in Open Office I am also not using the software I am writing about. WordPress is a writing tool as well and maybe it is better suited for this process.
What are the differences using word processing software and blog software for writing? Personally I experience the following differences:
Whenever I write an essay, a paper or a thesis I (semi-automatically) switch to an academic writing style which is more formal. This slows down the writing process because I have to rephrase sentences quite often to avoid casual spoken language writing. On top of that writing in English also requires extra time to formulate sentences. An advantage of writing blog posts is that I don’t feel this need to use formal (academic) language. This gives me more freedom in writing down whatever I feel is related to my thesis. Blogging feels more informal than writing using word processing software thus lowering the barrier of writing.
A random thought
A blog post does not have to be a solid constructed argument, it can just be a random thought. Because I seem to have more random thoughts than thoroughly constructed arguments lately blogging these thesis thoughts seems the perfect solution.
Articulate ideas through writing
This is actually a combination of the previous two and is one of the five motivations for blogging discovered by Nardi et al in a 2004 study ‘Why We Blog.’ (( Nardi, Bonnie A., et al. â€œWhy we blog.â€? Commun. ACM. 47.12 (2004): 41-46. )) I use this blog to write down random thoughts to document them, expand on them and maybe even connect them.
Until now I spend more time on the layout of my OpenOffice text document than on the actual writing. Even though I am also quite busy with my blog layout (thinking about changing themes, more on that later) when I am writing I am writing and not concerned about the text layout.
Now I am going to think about my blog layout because I think it looks too messy.