Academic blogging

How to start an academic blog and keep it going

Academics engage in blogging and social media for various reasons: to make their research more widely known, to find collaborative opportunities, to debunk myths, or to vent frustration, or general musings about life the universe and more.

Here at Global Academy we search out academics providing advice on progressing your own academic career. This week we looked at various aspects of academic writing from proposal submission to blogging. The posts that caught our attention are about blogging and the impact of social sciences citations on the internet in comparison to with STEM subjects.

8 Tips on Starting a Science Blog

The Science of Blogging founded by Dr Peter Janiszewski, PhD, published obesity researcher, science and medical writer and Travis Saunders Certified Exercise Physiologist, PhD student. The blog post on their site was written by Bethany Brookshire, Blogger at Science News. The post is four years old and continues to receive comments. In her post she has advice on approaching writing a science blog, advice which is applicable to starting a blog for any discipline:

  1. Establish what you want to accomplish
  2. Establish the tone of your blog
  3. Read the blogs in your field and outside of it
  4. Think about whether you want to be pseudonymous or under your real names
  5. Get started!
  6. Get the word out!
  7. Get protective headgear
  8. Ask questions

Click here to read the full post.

How to start a science blog Kelly Oakes the Science Editor at BuzzFeedUK, on the Wellcome Trust’s blog

As you consider how to start your blog and what your motivations and objectives are for doing so, Kelly gives some basic tips on getting started. Here are her top tips:

  1. Figure out why you want to blog
  2. Set it up
  3. Think about joining a network
  4. Get writing
  5. Use the internet properly
  6. Write good headlines
  7. Shout about your work
  8. Don’t steal images
  9. Decide on your comments policy
  10. Stave off boredom

Are you already a science blogger?

Why not take part in research that @FromTheLabBench is currently conducting on science blogging Click here for more about the project.

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