Time To Work On Something Substantial/Confessions of a Blogging Slacker

It may come to you as no shock, but I’m finding that I’m having difficulty creating anything substantial for this blog. In between the daily rushes, working, and just being exhausted when I come home, I haven’t written anything that can be taken as “thought leadership” for quite some time.

To battle this, I’ve tried joining a group blog, tried adding video in order to alleviate the amount of writing, all to no avail. I just post links, and I want to do more than that. I want to add to the debate, and I want to add to the discussion.

The problem is, of course, with so many good blogs out there, all covering what I thought I’d cover (new media and politics), I’ve paid more attention to reading their blogs than writing on my own. Also, I’m lazy. I also try to avoid buzz words. Facebook, facebook, twitter, facebook, twitter.

It’s not that I’m not thinking — quite the opposite. I think it’s that, for right now, blogging might not be the best technology to do what I want to do — which is add substantially to not just the discussion, but the future of new media. I enjoy exploring concepts, writing papers, and doing research. Blogs are great for covering “this is what’s happening today,” but as I’ve realized, they fall short in taking that bird’s eye “what’s happening here?” view that I love so much.

So, I have an idea. I want to continue my academic research, but in a different way, as I’m far too much into debt to do anything crazy like…get a Ph.D.. I think the beauty of this subject matter is that you can, in fact, be “too cool for school.” With all the brains out there that do this stuff on a daily basis, why hasn’t a peer-based thinktank been formed, where experts collaborate and perform research in social media and online social psychology, sociology, anthropology and economics? Why aren’t wikis being used in order to do this research?

With that, I want to try an experiment. I want to try something as “crazy” as this — expert-driven research. Not proprietary research — completely open. If you’re interested in participating, let me know. I just want to try this for fun right now, and see where something like this goes. I think it’s vitally important that, at this point of the Internet, we start taking some bird’s eye views, and separate ourselves from the day-to-day writing that we always do.

Don’t worry, though — I’m not giving up blogging anytime soon.

– Brad

~ by Brad Levinson on July 16, 2007.

One Response to “Time To Work On Something Substantial/Confessions of a Blogging Slacker”

  1. you know, because you have just tons of time where you’re sitting around doing nothing at all.

    seriously though, it’s a really cool idea.

    of course, someone will want to do a wiki on why iPhone is the best handheld EVAH.

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