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Blogging for researchers



Date: 7th March 2012 ...

Date: 7th March 2012
This 2 hour interactive workshop will show you how to set up your own blog, help you choose which platform is most suitable for you, and advise you on how to use your blog for writing practice, dissemination or social networking.



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Blogging for researchers Blogging for researchers Presentation Transcript

  • Blogging for Researchers Helen Steele Graduate School Researcher Network Facilitator 7 March 2012 With thanks to Emma Kimberley & Terese Bird for prior work
  • Workshop outline•What is a blog?•Public vs private•Why blog?•How to get started•Case studies (2)•Your turn!
  • “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now.” Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson 24 February 2012, LSE Impact Blog
  • • A web log• Regular entries• Maintained by an individual or a team• Can contain links, graphics or video• Often provides commentary on a theme• Or functions as an online diary
  • Public blogs• Often have a social function• Stimulate discussion on a theme• Bring attention to your publications• Share information among peers• Blog to a community• Team blogging• Recreational as well as academic• Link to departmental website
  • LSE Impact blog Life (Warwick Research Exchange) Thesis Whisperer
  • Archives Libraries Research councils Who to read? Museums Projects Student organisationsOtherpostgraduates Research institutions Academics
  • Private blogs• Keeping track of research progress• Research diary• Can be set to private so that no-one else can see it• Keeping links – reminding yourself of what you found and when by using tags• A motivational tool
  • Motivation and progress tracking Digital Research profile – CV diary buildingDiscussion Why Publicity Blog? Social Practice for networking a career Academic networking
  • Why might you be sceptical?
  • Creating a blog• Look at other blogs• Decide what you want• Choose a platform• Create and customise• Private or public?• Start posting!
  • Ideas for content•Book reviews•Conference write-ups•General thoughts on research•Summaries of chapters or papers•General academic topics Remember: anyone could read your post/comment…so never blog anything you wouldn’t be prepared to say in public!
  • Ideas for style•Vocabulary•Tone•Accuracy & precision•Structure•Make links Consider: Accessibility, interest, readability
  • Case study #1: New starter
  • Case study #2: Established blogger
  • Copyright and intellectual property Some blog sites make you sign away your copyright• Read the terms and conditions before you sign up• You can use 3rd party content as long as you comment on it• Any questions? Email:
  • Some useful blogs to read• The GSRR blog• Postgrad student blogging communities at Leicester• PhD blogs
  • Some useful blogs to read• Blogs by academics at Leicester• …and elsewhere
  • Your turn!••• Weekday afternoons, 2-5pm