should doctoral researchers blog?


This is one of the blogs I follow. I found the comments here quite thought provoking!


I often get asked about the pros and cons of doctoral researchers blogging, and I know other colleagues do too. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to the question of course, it’s always an “It depends”. But here’s a few beginning thoughts.

For a start, whether to blog or not depends what you are hoping to achieve. Maybe you are thinking about an individual blog, something you create yourself on one of the standard platforms like blogger, wordpress or medium… and if you are, here’s some possible reasons and some things to consider….

(1) Your personal blog is a place to reflect and record what is happening in your research.
A blog can do this. It can be like a journal. You might blog about the things you are reading and thinking about. Formulating ideas into a thousand words or so and linking to relevant texts and other online…

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Getting started


My first blog!  I follow a number of blogs related to research and academic writing, including Thesis Whisperer and Patter, so I really appreciate blogs as a mode of communication. I think I’m going to enjoy experimenting with one of my own!

Who am I?  I’m a ‘mature’ PhD student.  What that means is that I’m familiar with computers as tools, but I’m a novice at using social media.   So I’m looking forward to broadening my mind – as well as finding new ways of engaging with others.