38 reasons why you should blog about your research
- It helps you become more clear about your ideas.
- It gives you practice at presenting your ideas for a non-specialist audience.
- It increases your visibility within academia.
- It increases your visibility outside academia and makes it much easier for journalists, campaigners and practitioners to find you.
- It increases your visibility more than a static site and allows
people who find you to get an overall sense of your academic interests.
- It’s a great way of making connections & finding potential collaborators.
- It can provide an archive of your thoughts, ideas and reactions which can later be incorporated into more formal work.
- It makes it easier for people to find your published work and increases the likelihood they will read and cite it.
- Its informality and immediate accessibility can help make writing
part of your everyday life rather than being a source of stress and
- Its a great way to promote events and call for papers. Particularly if you blog regularly and your blog is connected to Twitter.
- It helps ensure you can continue to develop strands of thought
which, for now, don’t have any practical implications but might at some
point in the future.
- It encourages you to reflexively interrogate and organise your work,
drawing out emergent themes and placing isolated snippets of commentary
into shared categories.
- It allows you to procrastinate for a further 10 to 20 minutes before going back to NVivo in a useful(ish) way.
- It helps you build a community around your ideas and interests – Kath McNiff
- It allows you to start a conversation that other researchers can join using comments – Kath McNiff
- It’s a tremendous way to access additional relevant information/sources through the connections you make – @drdjwalker
- It can also be a great way to increase your sample size by crowd
sourcing contributions and through public scrutiny help prepare you for
the peer review process when the time comes to publish your work
- It’s a great way to get international and cross-disciplinary input and reflections on your research – @jess1ecat
- It’s a fabulous way to give back to the research community by
providing links and resources for other researchers, give and you shall
receive – @jess1ecat
- Reciprocity through blogging and Twitter shares builds your profile
but importantly forges lasting connections to fellow researchers
- It allows you to publish ideas immediately without waiting two years
while things go through peer review and more peer review and wait in a
publishing queue – @CelebYouthUK
- It’s fun – @CelebYouthUK
- It’s a faster way to get your research findings out. Journal/book
publishing and the peer-review/editing process can take FOREVER
- Because C Wright Mills would have probably been a blogger. If not, he would at the very least have been a fan – @ajlusc
- It is an exercise in disciplined writing. Stuff that doesn’t get
used in the bigger thesis project, published papers, and the like, can
be glossed for a blog and thrown out for ‘collision’ with others’ ideas.
That’s how better ideas get formulated – Ibrar
- It makes you a better writer – @drfigtree
- It allows raw uncensored ideas to be creatively expressed before stymied by a prolonged peer review process – @DrBenKoh
- It allows research findings to be put out there in a format that
participants can access, and are actually likely to read – Matthew
- You have control of the publishing process – @DrHelenKara
- It’s a way to publish information about all aspects of research
which formal publishing methods won’t accept, whether because it’s too
short, too partial, too controversial, or for some other reason –
- Keeping your own blog can be a daunting prospect, but that’s not the
only way: many bloggers are more than happy to accept a ‘guest’ blog on
a subject which would be of interest to their readers – @DrHelenKara
- It helps to be up-to-date with new findings in your discipline, and often with findings in other fields – @udadisisuperior
- It’s a means to be FOUND. People google those words and ta-da! – @everythingabili
- It forces you to think of your ideas in simple language that can be
easily articulated. It’s communication practice. – @everythingabili
- You will have MORE IDEAS – GUARANTEED. The process of blogging
almost always sparks off more ideas. How could it not?
- No need to study in isolation if you are a distance learning
student, blogging is one way to network, share ideas and your studies
with fellow students around the world – Lucy Bodenham
- Over time, a blog has helped me to develop more jargon-free and even
poetic writing. I have returned to academic publication with a better
language with which to express myself – Kip jones
- Blogging helps keep your profile out there if you are experiencing a gap between publications – Jeff Craig
I’ll add them to the list & note who they came from. If you’re on
Twitter please include your twitter handle.
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