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Why I (still) blog and why you should too (still)

Updated after being tagged to respond to 11 questions in 11 minutes about blogging and myself. Scroll down!

Today we celebrate museum bloggers. They are a special kind of people and if you haven’t, you should join them. I’ve checked and there’s room for you and your ideas. You’re welcome.

Students and others often ask me why I blog. There are many different answers I give them, the best of them anecdotes.

One of my all-time favourite blogs is Seth Godin’s blog. Back in 2007 I decided to send him a ‘thank you’ note for basically having obtained a marketing degree for free through his posts. Within hours Seth replied, personally, meaningfully. Blogging does that: it completely breaks down traditional mentor-student relationships. When somebody is a true blogger, you know they’re OK. You know you can talk to them. You know they’re out to help you grow.

Recently and after years of following her blog, I finally met Linda Norris. I didn’t even know what her voice sounded like, yet we had worked on a proposal together and shared lots of ideas digitally. It took us literally 0.03 seconds to have a fun, meaningful discussion when we finally met. Blogging does that: it disregards distance in a way other social media do not. When you follow a blog for a while, you know the author.

On an average I receive two to five emails per week from people who know me through my blog. Many of them are students with great ideas and good questions. I try to meet as much of them as possible. Blogging does that: it creates opportunity and builds connections. In fact, if it weren’t for blogging I probably wouldn’t have met Jim Richardson and we wouldn’t have written the DEF book.

I cannot imagine my life without blogging. And I cannot imagine the museum world without its bloggers. At the same time, so much is left unsaid because so many cultural professionals still aren’t blogging!

I would love to read more about the social impact of museums, their responsibility when it comes to creating healthy, happy and innovative environments, new approaches in (museum) education, culture and heritage for peace building and democracy, community strengthening projects, museums connecting with minorities, …, …, ….

I hope to keep reading and writing for many years to come. And I hope you will join me.

Image: My latest blogging location, physically and digitally at

UPDATE! 11 Questions to a Museum Blogger on Museum Blog/gers Day

For #MuseumBloggersDay the @mmmooshme tagged me to respond to 11 Questions to a Museum Blogger on Museum Blog/gers Day, and then pass it on. Here are my 11 answers in 11 minutes (plus some for editing). I pass it on to @shineslike (which is kind of unfair as she’s already in tomorrow).

1. Who are you and what do you like about blogging?

Jasper, see above. (11 minutes is short!)

2. What is the most popular post on your blog?

I checked Analytics and over the past year it is The power of a story, Van Gogh in 2D and 3D in Amsterdam. 10,000 unique visitors which is quite unique for my website!

3. And which post on your blog is your personal favourite?

I’m fond of my well-received more strategic posts, especially A job description for future museum professionals. (2,000 unique visitors, which says something about what audiences like doesn’t it?)

4. If you had a whole week just to blog: which subject would you like to thoroughly research and write about?

Lately I’m very interested in the social role and responsibilities of museums and the opportunities of technology in that area. So I’d research the question how changes in technology and society can be used by cultural institution to ‘do good’. There are lots of projects I like (Museum Rotterdam and a post about Transformations come to mind) but I’d like to find more and share them.

5. If you could ask anyone at all to write a guest post for your blog (you can be as utopian as you like), who would you chose and what would you ask them to write about?

See above: I’d like to hear what Seth Godin has to say about museums, preferably in his short and smart style (50 words is enough).

6. What has been your most memorable museum experience?

Sarajevo under siege. See Transformations.

7. What was the last museum you visited and how was it?

Boijmans in Rotterdam and I enjoyed the exhibition (Brancusi, Rosso, Man Ray – Framing Sculpture) but thought it missed a thing or 2 to make it really to my liking.

8. Share your favourite photo with us that you took at a museum.


Don’t know if this is my favourite one, but it is taken by one of my favourite cultural innovators way back in 2010 in the Denver Museum of Art.

9. If time and money were not an issue, which museum in the world would you most like to visit?


MONA. Period.

10. There are many big and famous museums, but which is your personal favourite ‘hidden gem’? Do you have any insider tips on any of the museums you have visited or blogged about?

The ABBA museum: walk in, dance out!

And I guess the 11th question got lost along the way… !

So Suse, here’s your challenge:

  1. Answer the eleven questions – you can adapt them a little to fit your blog, if you like.
  2. Include the BEST BLOG image in your post, and link back to the person who nominated you (that would be me, by the way, or more specifically, this blog post).
  3. Devise eleven new questions – or feel free to keep any of these ones here if you like them – and pass them on to how ever many bloggers you would like to.

Good luck!

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