Part of the motivation for establishing this website and blog is to trial using a social format for research. To test the idea that an audience for research will help me read, think, and write more.
Writing is a social exercise – even if one only writes for oneself. It uses public language, and has to trade in products that can be accessed and used by (theoretically) everyone. So, an audience should improve the communicability of my research. On the other hand, perhaps the feeling of a debt to an audience will be an additional motivation in regular writing.