Tales from the Blog

A session at MCN 2012

Thursday 8th November, 2012

10:30am to 12:00pm (PST)

The demise of blogging is a recurrent theme in discussions around digital media. In the museum sector, however, it appears that reports of the platform’s death have been greatly exaggerated, with blogs serving as a prominent locus for vibrant and active discourse.

This session will bring together a diverse group of active bloggers to dissect the how, why and who of museum blogging. It will examine bloggers’ motivations, and ask about the potential benefits and pitfalls of blogging from both a personal and institutional perspective. What does it mean to learn in public, and be an active and consistently open communicator? Where does blogging fit into an institutional, professional and personal identity? How do you manage multiple online identities? How do you deal with the inevitable public criticism and negative reactions to your work? What impact has blogging made on your career and life more generally?

About the speakers

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Ed Rodley

Assoc Dir. of Integrated Media at Peabody Essex Museum. Experienced museum professional. Into new media in general and always a sucker for a good narrative. bio from Twitter

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Susan Cairns
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Eric Siegel

museum guy musician dad bearded new yorker bio from Twitter

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Mike Murawski

art museum educator, Director of Education & Public Programs at Portland Art Museum, editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com bio from Twitter

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MCN 2012

United States United States, Seattle

7th10th November 2012

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Time 10:30am12:00pm PST

Date Thu 8th November 2012


East Room, Renaissance Seattle

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