An introduction to 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 a number of good blogs about developing your research career in education.

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. :)

There is a good post about the value/importance of blogging Duncan Green writing for the LSE's impact of academic research blog.

A study by Gill Kirkup3 is a useful read.

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