I’ve been blogging since September now, and I have to say I’ve enjoyed the process more than I thought I would. When I was first told that I had to blog every week for class (with rough minimum of 600 words a post) I was definitely a little apprehensive. I had never had a blog before, and I wasn’t really one for sharing my thoughts in such a public manner. The idea that someone I didn’t know at all, or even worse worked in a museum I wrote about, could be reading my words (and leaving a comment!) was kinda terrifying. Did I have something worth while to say? Would my opinion about an exhibition be seen as overly critical? This whole idea of blogging really wasn’t something I was comfortable with.
I’m honestly glad I stuck with it, however. After the first few posts, I (sort of) stopped caring what someone else would think about my post and just wrote what I was feeling at that time. As much as this blog was a requirement for one of my classes, this blog is also an opportunity for me to share my thoughts and experiences.
What I have also come to realize is that my goal to visit a different museum every week, was highly ambitious. Life (school, a part-time job, and having some time to myself) kinda of got in the way of traveling all over DC every week. That’s not to say that I didn’t want to see an exhibition every week, but it just didn’t always work out that way. That’s life though! I did get to learn about a lot of different types of museums and exhibitions, however, from all the reading and snooping around online to look for a weekly subject matter. Looking back on my past blogs, I wrote about research being done on conserving smells, the plethora of in-gallery technology, the representation of mud masons in Mali, and two different collecting strategies at major museums in the country. The world is doing so many cool and interesting things in the museum world that aren’t just about curating!
I definitely think that I will continue blogging in the future, because as I continue to explore DC I’m sure there is going to be a lot to talk about. It will probably happen less frequently than weekly, though, just because I want to write about things that really move me and inspire me (not just because it’s a part of my grade). Blogging has definitely become a part of my museum centered world, and for that, I am very grateful for my Museums and Digital Technology class.