Blogging

Why on earth should you think about writing a blog1? A blog2 will draw folk with similar interests to you. It's also an opportunity to write (no bad thing).

There are many excellent scholarly blogs in education and in the social sciences more broadly. There is a small annotated list here. There is no shortage of advice for academic blogging, for instance here or here.

The important reason for having a blog is that despite your best searching efforts it is unlikely you will find all the folk who might be valuable as part of your network. You can, with a blog, attract them to you!

How you blog, how often and why is a personal style thing for most people. The way the new opportunities are understood by many is in terms of speed, speed of sharing, of getting your ideas published and of finding things. There is an eloquent case that can be made for slow scholarship. So blog become slow blogs or slogs. Tweets become slow tweets or sleets. :)

Many research students use their blogs as an online notebook which allows them to build a resource which is easily cross-linked and searched.

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