Why blog as an academic?

I gave a presentation at work yesterday, about why academics might blog and what they might get out of it. Rather than use Powerpoint, I set it up as a Tumblr, so you can go and take a look if you’re interested.

Getting the word out

The front page has a “slide” which says, “Click on this first.” Seriously, click on it first.

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2 comments on “Why blog as an academic?

  1. Denny says:

    This was really interesting. Some of the points you made are relevant to any blogger, and the comments that you made that relate to your work as an academic were an insight for me. I like how succinctly you answered “Why blog as an academic?” Thanks for sharing with the wider blogging community.

  2. Sounds like and interesting, and a cool way to present it 🙂

    Thanks very much for your kind words about my efforts. As you might guess, I’ve been asked “why blog” a few times, especially as it has really no direct career benefits for someone that wants to have an academic career in New Zealand (as you say, it doesn’t count as an output for PBFR!). The easiest answer is because it’s fun – just as teaching something is often the best way to learn it, writing for a lay audience really makes you think about what you are trying to communicate, and, being a huge nerd, I enjoy the process of finding and communicating information.

    Of course, it’s a also great that, a couple of times, I’ve been able to make the news reporting of a story align a little better with reality, and it’s always a thrill to see posts ending up in curricula around the world 🙂

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