Published September 27, 2008
Part of our strategy for promoting ResearchConnect and Science blogging in general, was to ask PhD and academic bloggers about why they blog. Scienceblogs.com have an “Ask a science blogger” section so a little while ago I sent in the following question.
“There are many many academic bloggers out there feverishly blogging about their areas of interest. Still there are many many more academics who don’t. So Why do you blog and how does blogging help with your research?”
Luckily ScienceBlogs posted the question so I’ve put up the links to the responses below:
Dr Martin Rundkvist
Drug Monkey (a biomedical research blog)
Janet D. Stemwedel
Uncertain Principles (physics blog)
Science Women (blogging on the “intersection of science and real life”)
I’ll pick out more general themes in a later post (start of year madness means I’ve little time to spend blogging about blogging)
If you are a science/ academic/ PhD research student who blogs and you would like to share your ideas about why you blog you can add your thoughts here.
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I’ll be co-delivering a training workshop as part of the ‘Pathways – Career Options for PhD’s and Research Staff’ event at Manchester University.
The workshop is intended to explore ways of using the web to raise your professional profile and is intended to last about an hour.
Myself and Jen (my co-trainer) met in Fact last Friday, and fueled by Capucino and a Danish came up with the following training plan.
1) Intro – Brief round robbin of introductions
2) Group/Pair exercise – “What have you seen or used on the internet to promote yourself on the web”
3) Group discussion re: the above
4) Intro to Bloggin – “Common Craft’s ‘Blogging in Plain English”
5) Brief talk making the link between Academia and Niche news publishing/ consuming.
6) “What’s in it for me?” -
The “why do you blog” questionnaire.
7) “How?” -
8) “So where do I find the Academic Community?”
Please see this blog post for a more detailed description
9) Plenary, questions and some further reading
10) Please take some time to go through the links and resources that relate to this session.Please feel free to add your own comments or to ask any questions on this blog.
Published September 28, 2007
Tags: blogging, community
I haven’t yet had a chance to evaluate the list but it could be of interest.
The following link is an entry in the Grad School database of practice for a face to face course about Web 2.0′ technologies and systems and their potential uses for researchers”. This is similar in content but different in delivery to my desire to create an online course delivered through blogging and RSS.