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Posted on December 7, by pat thomson Why do academics blog? What do academic bloggers get from blogging? Discussions about scholarly blogging most often centre on the need for we academics to write in ways that attract new audiences.
If we write blogs, we are told, we can communicate our research more effectively. Blogs enhance impact, they are a medium for public engagement. The advocacy goes on… Blogs and other social media can point readers to our real academic publications, particularly if they are held on open repositories.
Blogging it seems is a kind of essential add-on to the usual academic writing and academic publication that we do.
As such, it is of no less value than any other form of writing. Even though audit regimes do not count blogs — yet — this does not lessen its value. Blogs are their own worthwhile thing. What is writing, then? Blogging can help you to establish writing as a routine The established wisdom of academic — and creative — writing is that it is helpful for writing to become a habit.
Most advice books advocate writing everyday. Blogging regularly can be part of just such a writing routine, even underpin it.
Blog posts can be finished in a sitting because they are small, self-contained pieces able to be drafted in a relatively short space of time. In a couple of days a post can be written and published and this write-publish-feedback cycle can be good motivation in building and sustaining a pattern of regular writing.
It is entirely possible to try out a range of approaches in different posts, varying syntax, vocabulary, genre and so on.
I can attest to this benefit myself. My books and papers have become less formalised over the time that I have been blogging.
Blogging has supported me to take up a more relaxed writing style. Blogging helps you to get to the point The blog post is a small text, not an extended essay. A blog post is the ideal place to talk about one thing. This post for example is about blogging and academic writing and nothing else. A lot of academic writing rests on the writer having one point to make and arguing it through — the journal article for example.
If you write a journal article with too many ideas and points it is a sure-fire recipe for rejection. So getting the hang of writing about a single point in a blog and doing so regularly can support other forms of academic writing, even if the actual format genre is different.
When you start a blog, and indeed start a post, you have to think about who is likely to be interested in it, how you will attract their interest and what you might have to say that will keep them reading till the end.
All blog platforms have information about how many people click on and begin to read a post. Bloggers can thus keep track of the kinds of posts that are most likely to be read, by whom and where.weblog on the Internet and public policy, journalism, virtual community, and more from David Brake, a Canadian academic, consultant and journalist.
My blogs, for example, always get a lot more traffic when I write about strategies for academic writing. This blogging post on the other hand is likely to be one of the less popular and may well appeal to different people than those who want to know how to approach, say, reviewing literatures.
Academic blogging is a valuable part of the wider ecology of scholarship, with the potential for engagement, outreach and reinforcing academic regardbouddhiste.comgh our background is in science, we hope.
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I spoke for over an hour and the artist, Giulia Forsythe, captured the essence of so much of what I regardbouddhiste.com I’m completely lacking in artistic skill or the capacity to arrange ideas spatially, I’m in awe of Giulia’s talent.
As you read this blog, you are going to hear me say this over and over again: Academic writing is about communicating your own ideas. Guest Blogs This series includes tips from noted experts on topics related to academic writing and publishing.
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