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

Next up was Pat Thomson (patter), Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham.

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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:

For Pat, her 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 a 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 a means of sharing her own personal 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 collection of potential blog post ideas, or expanding upon fragments of writing that she generates during her day to day academic work.

Blogs can certainly also be used for a number of purposes beyond personal blogging projects. Take for example, Pat’s work with the TALE Project:

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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 becomes part of the research project itself through chronicling the research process. Or even think of it as an alternative to keeping your thought process just on a Word document on your computer; rather you 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!


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