Why researchers have to blog ?
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It helps you become more clear about your ideas.
It gives you practice at presenting your ideas for a non-specialist audience.
It increases your visibility within academia.
It increases your visibility outside academia and makes it much easier for journalists, campaigners and practitioners to find you.
It increases your visibility more than a static site and allows people who find you to get an overall sense of your academic interests.
It’s a great way of making connections & finding potential collaborators.
It can provide an archive of your thoughts, ideas and reactions which can later be incorporated into more formal work.
It makes it easier for people to find your published work and increases the likelihood they will read and cite it.
Its informality and immediate accessibility can help make writing part of your everyday life rather than being a source of stress and anxiety.
Its a great way to promote events and call for papers. Particularly if you blog regularly and your blog is connected to Twitter.
It helps ensure you can continue to develop strands of thought which, for now, don’t have any practical implications but might at some point in the future.
It encourages you to reflexively interrogate and organise your work, drawing out emergent themes and placing isolated snippets of commentary into shared categories.
It allows you to procrastinate for a further 10 to 20 minutes before going back to NVivo in a useful(ish) way.
It helps you build a community around your ideas and interests
It allows you to start a conversation that other researchers can join using comments
It’s a tremendous way to access additional relevant information/sources through the connections you make
It can also be a great way to increase your sample size by crowd sourcing contributions and through public scrutiny help prepare you for the peer review process when the time comes to publish your work
It’s a great way to get international and cross-disciplinary input and reflections on your research
It’s a fabulous way to give back to the research community by providing links and resources for other researchers, give and you shall receive
Reciprocity through blogging and Twitter shares builds your profile but importantly forges lasting connections to fellow researchers
It allows you to publish ideas immediately without waiting two years while things go through peer review and more peer review and wait in a publishing queue
It’s a faster way to get your research findings out. Journal/book publishing and the peer-review/editing process can take Forever
Because C Wright Mills would have probably been a blogger. If not, he would at the very least have been a fan
It is an exercise in disciplined writing. Stuff that doesn’t get used in the bigger thesis project, published papers, and the like, can be glossed for a blog and thrown out for ‘collision’ with others’ ideas. That’s how better ideas get formulated
It makes you a better writer
It allows raw uncensored ideas to be creatively expressed before stymied by a prolonged peer review process
It allows research findings to be put out there in a format that participants can access, and are actually likely to read
You have control of the publishing process
It’s a way to publish information about all aspects of research which formal publishing methods won’t accept, whether because it’s too short, too partial, too controversial, or for some other reason
Keeping your own blog can be a daunting prospect, but that’s not the only way: many bloggers are more than happy to accept a ‘guest’ blog on a subject which would be of interest to their readers
It helps to be up-to-date with new findings in your discipline, and often with findings in other fields
It’s a means to be Found. People google those words and ta-da!
It forces you to think of your ideas in simple language that can be easily articulated. It’s communication practice.
You will have more ideas – Guanranteed. The process of blogging almost always sparks off more ideas. How could it not?
No need to study in isolation if you are a distance learning student, blogging is one way to network, share ideas and your studies with fellow students around the world
Over time, a blog has helped me to develop more jargon-free and even poetic writing. I have returned to academic publication with a better language with which to express myself
Blogging helps keep your profile out there if you are experiencing a gap between publications
Help students know what their (prospective) adviser work on
It is free global advertisement for your programme/university
How much effort do you accord to those activies?
A sight every two three days.
A daily, even hourly, activity
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