17 reasons why you should blog about your research

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Mark  Carrigan is a sociologist in the final stages of a part-time PhD at the University of Warwick and a Research Associate at the LSE’s Public Policy Group. He is an avid blogger and podcaster.


Read his reason why you should consider using social media to advance your academic career.

  1. It helps you become more clear about your ideas.
  2. It gives you practice at presenting your ideas for a non-specialist audience.
  3. It increases your visibility within academia.
  4. It increases your visibility outside academia and makes it much easier for journalists, campaigners and practitioners to find you.
  5. It increases your visibility more than a static site and allows people who find you to get an overall sense of your academic interests.
  6. It’s a great way of making connections & finding potential collaborators.
  7. It can provide an archive of your thoughts, ideas and reactions which can later be incorporated into more formal work.
  8. It makes it easier for people to find your published work and increases the likelihood they will and cite it.
  9. Its informality and immediate accessibility can help make writing part of your everyday life rather than being a source of stress and anxiety.
  10. Its a great way to promote events and call for papers. Particularly if you blog regularly and your blog is connected to Twitter.
  11. 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.
  12. It encourages you to reflexively interrogate and organise your work, drawing out emergent themes and placing isolated snippets of commentary into shared categories.
  13. It allows you to procrastinate for a further 10 to 20 minutes before going back to NVivo in a useful(ish) way.
  14. It helps you build a community around your ideas and interests
  15. It allows you to start a conversation that other researchers can join using comments
  16. It’s a tremendous way to access additional relevant information/sources through the connections you make
  17. 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
  18. What ‘s your 18th reason? Share your ideas with Mark on Twitter.

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