Some bloggers keep the flow of posts up. Others are intermittent. Sadly some excellent blogs are taken down and good ideas are lost. This is the world of blogging. The sample here is just that, a sample that you may find useful in thinking about academic practice, developing your identity and exploring for yourself the joys and tribulations of keeping a blog.

These blogs should be seen as starting points, sites you may opt to monitor or not. The idea is that you build out from these starting points in ways that best suit your academic interests.

There are folk who maintain/curate blog collections that are also worth a browse. The Aussie Educator collection covers blogs, podcasts and a selection of the education twitterati.

The Thesis Whisperer is the blog of Inger Mewburn who currently is diector of research training at ANU.

patter is Pat Thomson's excellent, thoughtful blog about many aspects of doing research in education. A rich set of connections to other good sites and sources.

Allan Johnson has an excellent blog called The Art of Academic Practice!

A useful riff of the thesis whisperer is the research whisperer blog.

The British Educational Research Association (BERA) blog is also worth checking.

The Australian Association for research in Education, AARE, runs a blog with guest posts from various academics around the country.

You'll come across various collections of blog sites, some lists better curated than others, concerned with research in the social sciences. This list of research blogs from The Guardian is worth a browse.

The style for academic blogs varies hugely. Here are a couple more to illustrate that point.

Mark Johnson's Improvisation blog is worth a browse. He is using the blog to write think aloud pieces about a book he is trying to assemble.

Henry Jenkins blog is more mixed. He published interviews, opinion pieces and promotes his books. He works in the field of media studies.

Kris Greaves is a lawyer and academic. His blog is in two parts. The initial blog was concerned with his research work and the second his new professional career.

Audrey Watters blog, Hack Education strongly reflects the identity she has established. In her own words,

I am an education writer, an independent scholar, a serial dropout, a rabble-rouser, and ed-tech's Cassandra.

Lucy Suchman is a well known and highly respected scholar. She writes about robots and futures on her blog.

Ibrar Bhatt is an early career academic who, on his blog, Ibrar's space writes about his research agenda and developments at the intersection of these large fields: language, literacies, education, technologies.

Tim Hitchcock has a good account of the role of academic blogging and points to some good examples.

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