Presentation: Blogging for Academics
I gave the SPIES group a presentation yesterday on the joys of Blogging. By jove, I think they got it!
Covered the following in PP slides (forgot you can't upload docs to Blogger):
- What is a weblog? (using quotes from the OED [password/subscription required], Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English [via Dictionary.com] and the old faithful Wikipedia.
- Examples of weblogs (Group blogs: TerraNova (with comments), Boing Boing (no comments), Media@LSE Group weblog (one primary poster, David Brake); Solo blogs: Bruce Landon's Social Psychology weblog (for students, primarily links), my password-protected blog with categories, this blog)
- What you can do with blogs: Write
- "write every day" says Rowena Murray's How to Write a Thesis
- Keep notes for yourself
- Collect your formal thoughts
- What you can do with blogs: File
- Keep your thoughts in categories for easy recall
- Keep your important documents in virtual form for peace of mind
- Organise your links and journal articles in categories you select
- Access it anywhere there's an internet connection!
- What you can do with blogs: Resource collection
- East to organise and add to
- Keep links, articles and inspirational material in one place
- Link out to places/people you wish to remember again
- What you can do with blogs: Collaborate
- a persistent, live, online forum for collaborators to collect their thoughts, resources and ideas
- use blogrolls to your best advantage!
- who's reading your blog? what do they know about your subject? maybe they'd be good partners for future research?
- What you can do with blogs: Feedback
- get comments and suggestions from readers
- use comments as a stimulus for discussion
- keep all responses in one place in categories you select for future reference
- Security issues: password protection, taking the blog off the directory, don't tell anyone, turn off comments or turn them on for special people
- Types of blogging software (TypePad, Blogger)
- Demo: How to set up, post hyperlink, upload and generally manipulate your blog
I am rather proud of myself.