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Blogging for Academics

First presented at the Oxford Biotech Roundtable, Imperial College London. Describes a personal journey through the world of science blogging
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Jon Tennant

on 11 December 2014

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Transcript of Blogging for Academics

What can blogging
do for you?

What's all the fuss about?
"Science communication is at a tipping point. For decades, we’ve been making the case for broader engagement. Whether it’s framed as a moral imperative, a financial obligation, or a pragmatic undertaking, the question is settled. “Should we?” Yes. The hard question remains “How?”" Liz Neeley, 15th May, 2013, Nature Blogs
Pros
Opens up research - access and accessibility
Communicating with different audiences
Impact case studies for REF
Feedback and discussion about your research
Natural development of online profile
Why blogging?
Why the blog format?
What have I learned?
Other benefits?
Don't take it from me though..
"Don't feel pressured into blogging. Do it only if you are excited to try and have a good idea for an original blog." John Hutchinson, Professor of Biomechanics, RVC
Other social media stuff
The only difficulty is figuring out where to start..
What does it all mean?
Resources:
#reachingoutsci series: http://www.nature.com/spoton/tag/social-media-case-study/
www.wordpress.com
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2011/09/29/twitter-guide/ - Academics guide to Twitter
Social media for academics: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/btg/socialmediaforacademics/
"Group blogging can be a good way to start - more content, less work for any one person." Lou Woodley, Nature Communities Specialist
"Exciting to begin, but challenging to sustain given the inevitable time sink. Guest blog is easier." Mary Bourke, Senior Researcher, Trinity College
"By blogging mine and others' work, I learn and amplify great research, and get helpful feedback on new ideas." Nate Matias, MIT
"Blogging is a way for academics to write with less formal language. They can write for a general audience, not specialists. Academics can get feedback from a worldwide audience very quickly." Joe Kraus, Librarian, Colorado
"Even as someone beyond academia, I find blogging about science an immensely powerful medium. Outreach is key." Graham Steel, Open Science Machine
"As a person starting out in academia, blogs have given me a great insight into the awesomeness and challenges I might expect." Nathan Chrismas, PhD Student, Bristol
"Make your scholarly work a conversation, not a monologue. Less lonely that way." Barbara Fister, Librarian
Twitter
Podcasting
"As the open science movement is demonstrating, the solitary genius of individuals is rarely superior to the speed and power of expert networks. We are stronger, wiser, and more creative as a community. And we are going to need all of that." Liz Neeley, 15th May 2013, Nature Blogs
PhD student (here!)
http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/
http://www.palaeocast.com/
http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/earthbound
@Protohedgehog (don't ask)
Cons
Impact?
Time.. Never enough time..
Privacy and over-sharing
Can be seen as 'self-promotion'
==> Strategic approach needed
Does not have peer-reviewed 'stamp of approval'
Definitely not this
Do not attempt alone..
What roles can social media play in the digital age of science communication, and enhancing the academic experience?
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