It seems that blogging has been quietly gathering momentum in archaeology since I first started noticing blogs in 2004, and blogging myself in 2005. For a while, Twitter stole my blogging enthusiasm, and I posted very little here. Also, when you spend your days running a website, your enthusiasm to run your own can sometimes wear a little thin.
But gradually, as the network of archaeologists grew, more of us came to know each other via Twitter and the internet. We got to know about each other’s blogs, and after a few hops along the various degrees of separation, there is now a growing network of archaeology bloggers across the world.
For me, the thing that was stealing my attention away from blogging (Twitter) has now re-fired my enthusiasm for it by connecting me to other people in my field. That’s exactly how social media should work.
There’s a lot going on in the archaeology blogosphere (do people still use that word?) right now. Although time didn’t allow me to participate beyond reading and the occasional comment, Colleen Morgan‘s Blogging Archaeology carnival was an interesting event, and one that has given me much food for thought.
And, as an aside, if there ever was an award for the most stalwart and prolific of more-often-than-not archaeology bloggers, then it should go to Alun Salt. If you haven’t read his blog before, I urge you to!
Past Thinking started life in 2005 as an all-purpose personal blog with a general archaeology and technology theme. Over the years, I’ve started to put non-heritage items onto my personal blog, to keep Past Thinking firmly focussed on archaeology and heritage. I have yet to find the energy to move those old non-archaeology posts, so they’re still here, complete with broken images, if you go back far enough. You will also find Tehmina Goskar blogging here as well.