“Why do you find blogging useful as a researcher?”

I asked this question on Twitter in preparation for a blogging for researchers workshop I was running at the University of Warwick. I’ve included some of the answers I received below. I’ve also collated a collection of resources here. Part of the reason I asked this question was because I wanted to avoid inadvertently prioritising my own particular style of research blogging and increase my awareness of how other researchers use blogging. However I found it striking how similar the experience of others is to my own here, namely the role a blog can play as an ‘ideas garden’ helping to articulate and develop your thinking in a much more immediate way than other public forums allow.

William McGovern @will1mcgovern
its all about the networking and showing the willingness to be open to approaches whilst expressing an interest#intentional

Dr Karen McAulay @Karenmca
If blog read widely enough, get helpful comments in response. That apart, is useful marker to record progress.

Ian Milligan @ianmilligan1
Very welcome! Also, you can tell right away if a post worked or not, gives you good active/passive feedback to improve.

Terese @missing_words
blogging about a particular topic helps iron out my thoughts, which means i can articulate my ideas on topic better after

Elaine Aldred @EMAldred
I know what I say is going to be seen. Makes me think about how I use words. Making mental connections.

Dr Sarah Quinnell @sarahthesheepu
discipline for regular writing, public engagement I.e communicating beyond economy, thought forming, informal peer review

Eric Ritskes @eritskes
I find it helps break down my ideas/research into smaller, more accessible pieces & language for wider community engagement.

Christina Haralanova @ludost11
I like to use it as a journal — small findings, small peaces, to keep me updated on where I was, and where I am heading to.

Ian Milligan @ianmilligan1
Blogging distills my ideas down, leads me to accessible language- and my posts now grow into conference papers. V. positive!

Rachel R. Engler @rachelrengler
recently wrote up a magazine article/Writing style is VERY diff from academic wrk.Great lesson. Blogging could help w style.

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5 replies »

  1. Intriguing & timely question. There’s a strongly increasing interest in the use of online and academic research. I’m more of a practitioner researcher, but empathise with the question. I find (other people’s) blogs useful because they are a terrain in which a mixed and varied range of backgrounds and abilities can be encountered. You can get the … ahem … ‘usual suspects’ (some of whom I’m sure have a green tinge to their fonts) ; but I have come across some strikingly novel and thought-provocative outcomes emerging from this cross-over of backgrounds and abilities.

  2. We’ve only just started our research group blog, and it’s been an interesting (and steep) learning curve. Certainly, it seems there are great benefits but also some pitfalls – and links to resources such as you have provided are a great use. I even got inspired and wrote a little summary of our blog journey to date… http://www.cchsr.iph.cam.ac.uk/515

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