Live-blogging: Pat Thomson, Academic blogging, and social media

Our second speaker is Pat Thomson (patter), Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham.

For those of us that are interested in academic blogging, a blog can represent a significant part of our online scholarly identity. Consider that — whether we are aware of it or not — we are already online in different forms, and a blog certainly represents one way to manage the “various bits of you” that are floating around online without your necessarily being at the whim of Google search results:

Next up we have @ThomsonPat sharing her Patter blog. It was set up with a very clear purpose in mind, to talk about #academicwriting. We have multiple, fragmented identities online – Patter has been a way to present a particular version of her research online #SocialMediaPhD — The Sociological Review (@TheSocReview) December 8, 2018

immensely helpful blog enables her to present a particular version of her scholarly work and interests online. In addition, the patter weekly blog posts can be an incredibly powerful means of extending her teaching practice of academic writing to a wider audience beyond the classroom. And as she points out, those blog posts represent not just her teaching, but sharing her our own scholarly practice.

How much time does it take to craft such information-rich blog posts, every week? For Pat Thomson, Patter is a “Sunday morning job,” with two-three hours on Sunday mornings devoted to her extensive backlog of potential blog post ideas, or expanding upon fragments of writing that she writes along the way in her everyday work.

Blogs also can be used for a number of purposes beyond personal blogging projects. Take for example, the TALE Project:

A blog such as this can be an invaluable means of connecting with funding organizations and other stakeholders during the course of research projects. A blog can serve as a means of communication in ways that Twitter and other platforms may not be able to achieve. Project blogs can help your project reach different groups, which in turn can lead to different, valuable forms of engagement.

A blog such as the TALE Project site (see images above) can be used as a place to share progress on a project and a means of chronicling the research progress itself. Or even think of it as an alternative to keeping your thought process just on a word document on your computer, but as a means to share that progress online.

Do you have stories or other examples of how you use your blog or website to disseminate and share your work? Please feel free to share either here or on Twitter!

Tyler Shores

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