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Presented by Ms. Michelle Dalton, College Liaison Librarian, University College Dublin Library, at the seminar "Developing Academic Writing among Librarians" held at NUI Maynooth Library, Maynooth, ...

Presented by Ms. Michelle Dalton, College Liaison Librarian, University College Dublin Library, at the seminar "Developing Academic Writing among Librarians" held at NUI Maynooth Library, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland on Monday, 27th January 2014.

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  • Source: Gregg, M. (2006) Feeling ordinary: blogging as conversational scholarship. Continuum, 20 (2), 147-160.
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snowflake_trivets.jpg
  • Freedom can also be paralysing for those who are more comfortable working with structure and direction
  • Keep it accessible in terms of language, length, tone and contentSource: HaraldWeinreich, HartmutObendorf, Eelco Herder, and Matthias Mayer: “Not Quite the Average: An Empirical Study of Web Use,” in the ACM Transactions on the Web, vol. 2, no. 1 (February 2008), article #5.
  • Although blogging can be about sharing your writing with others, it is often primarily a personal space for thinking out loud, clarifying ideas and thoughts, and reflecting on practice or ideasEven if you are writing for an audience, it is typically a much wider and diverse audience than a niche academic community, so style, tone, language and length should reflect this
  • Blogging is a safe place or sandbox to practice; you are not subject to peer review so you don’t need to produce a perfect, finished article and it is easier to give yourself permission to ‘write badly’
  • I like to use blogging as a ‘prewriting’ strategy sometimeshttp://test.org.uk/2014/01/05/dont-get-bigger-get-weirder-things-ive-learnt-from-5-years-of-the-story/ (2014)

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  • Developing Irish Online Publishing Through Blogging #dawal2014 Michelle Dalton / Liaison Librarian, UCD e michelle.dalton@ucd.ie w www.michelledalton.ie t @mishdalton
  • “conversational scholarship” (melissa gregg, 2006)
  • november 2011 300+ posts 30+ contributors libfocus 1500+ followers open editorial policy new voices
  • the same but different Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snowflake_trivets.jpg
  • discussing collaborating sharing reflecting creating blogging publishing thinking writing learning informing
  • no author guidelines no word counts no conventions no restrictions no formatting
  • freedom is not free.
  • “one of the most difficult things is the first paragraph…” gabriel garcía márquez Source: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7075/7137490527_d69de1060a_o.jpg
  • low pressure
  • on an average web page (593 words) users only stay long enough to read up to 28% writing for the web is different Source: Harald Weinreich et al. (2008) “Not Quite the Average: An Empirical Study of Web Use,” ACM Transactions on the Web, vol. 2, no. 1 (Feb)
  • writing for yourself versus writing for an audience
  • a space to make mistakes
  • develop “Most people give up on doing something new after one or two tries, but normally, six iterations of making something is enough to get you 90% of the way to understanding what it is, and how you want to make it.” Matt Locke, test.org.uk clarity
  • personality can make a good blog great
  • try it on for size first
  • thank you Michelle Dalton / Liaison Librarian, UCD e michelle.dalton@ucd.ie w www.michelledalton.ie t @mishdalton