The third question of Doug’s blogging carnival seems banal: “What are your best (or if you want your worst) post(s) and why?” But it isn’t so. It forces me to think about the kind of post I publish, if I’m really satisfied about what and how I write reading again one or two of my post. In general the fact that I like or not a post it depends directly on the way I wrote it. If I have difficulties in finding the words and in writing my thoughts, probably the post it won’t be good, whatever genre of writing I use (article, dialogue, personal thoughs…). Most of the time, it’s hard for me to keep order in my thoughts and to write a critical and argumentative post from a personal experience. I want to write so many things that I lost the way. For this reason my personal best post is Aprire un blog di museo: inganno o speranza? In this post of March 2013 I wrote about my ongoing experience of blogger at Museo Archeologico delle Marche. Writing that post it was a way to think about what I was doing and the positive and negative consequences of creating a blog for the museum. I think it’s my best post because I wrote about the topic from an original point of view, that of a museum trainee. I had some doubts (that I still have now) and I managed to explain them in a clear and involving way. It’s the post with the highest number of comments, and this is a more significant stats than the number of visitors because in this case I were looking for some interaction. I also managed to write the post in a less amount of time and in a better style than the others probably because I was thinking about it for some weeks and because I was very motivated.
Reading again my most popular post, Due giorni da Longobardi a Cividale, I find that effectively is the best one written for a major audience. I wrote about a new and involving event, 568 AD, the first reenactment about Lombard in Cividale del Friuli and I described my personal experience there with soldiers and smiths of the 6-7th century AD. Simple sentences and many photos that help the words. For those reasons I think it’s my most popular post but I prefer the first one because it’s more in the spirit of this blog and of the blogger! I don’t want to write brief and superficial description of an event. When I wrote about the reenactment, I wrote in a hurry and I didn’t think so much about what I was writing… Maybe a next, possible question for this blogging carnival could be if for a great post it’s better to write fastly rather than to stop every word and thinking.
After the first questions of November, Doug’s blogging carnival is going on. Just few days passed Christmas, I’m still on time to focus on the December questions. The good, the bad and the ugly of blogging archaeology.
The Good – Your blog is the home of your thoughts and a window of your activities. For me blogging is the only moment of my archaeological life in which I spend time thinking about what I do. This affects strongly the topics I write about, the kind of genre I use (dialogue, a review etc.) and their particular emphasis. When I write a post that comes directly from my thoughts is often difficult to keep under control all these characteristics. But this is good because it means I’m writing a genuine post, where ideas and critics you want people to know flow without any censorship.
From the point of view of a window of your activities, blogging provides you the space you need to tell the history you research for, or to tell your personal story, or to tell the story of a specific finding. It’s up to you what to write about but the Good is having a space where to show your archaeology. It’s not a case that many blogs have named after its authors (i.e. Kinkella’s Archaeology, Stuart Dunn’s Blog).
The Bad – Talking to brick wall is the worst sensation you can feel, without any doubt. But it’s part of the blogger life. When you think “This post it’s great, I will have many comments”, probably you won’t find any feedback. For me it’s a sort of game, things happen when you don’t expect them.
Another side of the Bad is that of the blogger. It happens that your egotism rises after publishing a post. “What an amazing post!”. You feel that what you’ve just written, the words you’ve chosen so carefully are the only perfect ones for that topic. On the contrary there is always another blogger that has just written about your topic in an innovative way and you risk getting depressed. But, in the end, blog is the only perfect place where to know different points of view and to develop interesting debates with other archaeologists from all over the world.
The Ugly – The ugly of blogging, my worst experience is still to come. So far my words haven’t made a mess. Sometime I think in which way my ugly experience will arrive, probably I will notice it only when the disaster will have happened. On the contrary creating digital accident can be a way to have visibility, but I prefer not to try this strategy.
Come on Italian bloggers, take part in this carnival, you don’t need to write a post every month, just answer the questions you like more.
It’s my first time with a Blogging Carnival and, if I have to be sincere, I have never heard about it before reading this post of Doug’s Archaeology. Doug launched a blogging carnival leading up to the Blogging in Archaeology session at the Society for American Archaeology 2014 meetings in Austin. I immediately said to myself “Great! I have a blog, I want to take part in it” and after the end of the last exams, I’m finally writing my post. In this one you find the November questions (yes, I’m a bit late).
“Why blogging” is the obvious first question of this blogging carnival.
I began to understand why I’m blogging and what is blogging for me only after some months. A way to write critically, an opportunity to explore new genres of writing, a voice to talk about my own research, just a possibility to interact with other blogger about archaeology. I think these are common answers for all the archaeologists who have a blog, so I don’t want to stay over them.
For me blogging it means also another couple of thing and I think it’s worthwhile to focus on these ones. The first concept is Narrative->Story->Video. My main topic of research is the communication of archaeology via video-narration; this blog provides me the opportunity of developing my skills in writing a sort of scripts as dialogue (i.e. this one in Italian) and, at the same time, explore through them some hot topics of the week (for the next weekend I’m going to publish a dialogue about the last government act “Valore Cultura”). All these dialogues don’t need to be filmed, they can remain a sort of practice, but writing them on my blog gives me the possibility of receiving some comments and suggestion.
On the other hand blogging for me is research and updating. When I write a post and I show a specific genre of video used in archaeology, I need to look for it in my playlists or, most of the times, I search the Internet for new ones. After that, usually, I write a description of the footage. Before doing it, I need to look for some information about the archaeological site in which the video was recorded and about the production, the director and so on. Last but not least, I have to think about the good and the bad features of the video, what it’s helpful to remember and what I’ve just seen in many other footages.
Why are you still blogging?
Have you ever read about video-narration and archaeology? There are some publications but few archaeologists are really interested in it. For this reason I started and I’m still blogging. Writing in a blog about this topic helps me to find my place, a point of view from which I can see archaeology.
Even if some people could think it’s an exaggeration, writing a blog post about a specific video it means some hours of work for me. After a lot of post, I need less hour for collecting information than before but now I’m more focused on the quality of my thoughts. Finding time to write is not always possible and the question “Why am I still blogging” increases in importance also in the sense of “for what purpose I blog”. Until now I’ve never thought about it but my answer can be “I do it because I like writing without having a real perspective”.
To tell the truth, recently a perspective has been formed. Less than a month ago I was invited at “Archeoblog“, the first Italian meeting of bloggers in archaeology, organized at Paestum inside the 16th edition of the “Borsa mediterranea del turismo archeologico” (a well-known Italian exhibition of the archaeological tourism). At the meeting every blogger talked about their experience and, from all the voices, it came out the necessity of a better (more creative, high quality, diversified etc.) communication of archaeology in Italy and, as archeo-bloggers, we can contribute, maybe together as a community of blogs. This could become a more organized, concrete perspective for saying why I’m still blogging.
— Andrea Fratta (@sberlas) November 14, 2013
#Archeoblog per me è cominciato così. Volevo la diretta streaming visto che diverse persone l’avevano richiesta nei giorni scorsi e, senza troppi problemi, streaming è stato.
Sarebbe stato lo stesso un buon inizio per noi archeoblogger il giorno 0 della nostra Storia? Probabilmente sì, ma con live-tweeting e diretta video abbiamo tenuto fede alla nostra natura, alle nostre parole (il che è quasi mai scontato) e soprattutto abbiamo iniziato subito “a creare una comunità di persone interessate all’archeologia e che sentano di avere voce in capitolo”, secondo le parole dell’organizzatrice Cinzia Dal Maso. Se siamo subito entrati nei “Trending topic” italiani su Twitter direi che l’argomento interessa.
— TurismoArcheologico (@BorsaPaestum) November 14, 2013
Il giorno 0 ha avuto come cornice un luogo e un evento di rilievo: il museo di Paestum (proprio quello con la famosa tomba del Tuffatore) durante la sedicesima edizione della Borsa del Turismo Archeologico. Al momento della registrazione ho ricevuto un pass con la parte inferiore colorata di rosso e con su scritto “Stampa”. Il blogger è stato inserito tra i giornalisti, non è un visitatore né un relatore; del resto gli archeoblogger vogliono raccontare storie, innescare riflessioni, sporgere critiche, promuovere un’interazione con i propri lettori e via dicendo.
L’incontro di Paestum è stato un incontro di presentazione degli archeoblogger, in primo luogo al pubblico ma utile anche per noi, visto che non ci conoscevamo tutti di persona. Al di là di quello che c’era scritto sui nostri pass, delle 11 persone che hanno preso la parola 6 sono archeologi (e un altro archeoblogger era tra il pubblico), 2 hanno avuto a che fare con l’archeologia, altre 2 con il mondo della cultura in generale e un’altra era al primo approccio.
In tre ore abbiamo messo sul piatto esperienze molto diverse ma che partono tutte dall’aver compreso l’assoluta e impellente necessità di raccontare l’archeologia con media, linguaggi e stili diversi da come è avvenuto finora. Il blog è uno strumento che ha permesso a ognuno di esprimere il suo punto di vista secondo le sue inclinazioni e per me, che pure già conoscevo bene 4 degli altri 5 archeologi, è stato un modo per apprezzare ancora meglio la ricchezza e la varietà dei nostri personali approcci all’archeologia.
Il giorno 0 ha mostrato che una base di riflessione e un obiettivo comune ci sono, i modelli a cui fare riferimento (i non archeologi ce ne hanno parlato abbondantemente) e la possibilità di arrivare ad esperienze innovative e di successo anche (Invasioni Digitali è ormai ben più di un indizio).
— Archeo Logiche (@ArcheoLogiche) November 14, 2013
Ora sta agli archeoblogger cercare di definire i punti critici da superare e quelli su cui puntare senza margine di dubbio. In altre parole serve il dibattito che purtroppo non c’è stato tempo di svolgere a Paestum, con l’obiettivo di proporre idee e soluzioni. Queste sono solo alcune delle domande a cui trovare delle risposte convincenti.
Il giorno 0 è stato il giorno delle presentazioni, il giorno che ti permette di iniziare una nuova avventura. Dal giorno 1 in poi bisogna iniziare a realizzare qualcosa. Vediamo se gli archeoblogger riusciranno a tenere fede a queste importanti premesse.
— TurismoArcheologico (@BorsaPaestum) October 11, 2013
Domani sarò a Paestum, alla Borsa Mediterranea del Turismo Archeologico, per partecipare ad #Archeoblog, il primo incontro nazionale dei cultural heritage blogger, organizzato da Cinzia Dal Maso. Sarà un’ottima occasione per discutere insieme sui blog di archeologia e di museo e cercare di capire quale strada seguire nel prossimo futuro. Personalmente porterò la mia esperienza con questo blog e quello del Museo Archeologico delle Marche.
Qui vi segnalo una serie di post che vi introducono alla discussione di domani:
- L’invasione dei blogger a Paestum 2013, di Marina Lo Blundo
- Ci vuole coraggio, di Cinzia Dal Maso
- Arrivano i cultural blogger: ma chi sono? di Stefano Costa
- Quei bravi ragazzi, di Giuliano De Felice
e vi do appuntamento per il fine settimana per un post in cui racconterò l’evento.
Stay tuned, non dimenticate di seguire domani l’evento con gli hashtag #archeoblog e #BMTA e possibilmente con una diretta in streaming.