This post offer assistance and guidelines to newcomers in navigating to the academic standards, expectations, and possibilities of operating in the academic blogosphere. You should use professional standardised blogs. Currently these are WordPress and Blogger. Signing up to these is easy and free, and they will guide you through the basic technical aspects of blogging. More assistance can be found by searching keywords such as “wordpress basics” “blogger for beginners” etc. Blog posts should be around 1 to 3 paragraphs in length, but they can be longer or shorter if necessary to convey your ideas. They should include a title and hyperlink to citations necessary to support your claims. How to hyperlink You can also embed images, videos, podcasts, etc, where appropriate to your discussion. Blogs are typically written in a more conversational style than traditional academic essays, but they should nonetheless aim to convey scholarly ideas pertaining to knowledge in a clear manner. You are encouraged to express informed personal opinions, share information, and ask for thoughts and feedback on your research, but research is crucial. Your writing should be shaped by information you have gained from reliable sources, with consideration of the impact of your writing, as well as alternate points of view. Because blogs tend to take less time to write than formal essays, blogging allows you to share your ideas in a more immediate and informal manner.
Blogs are a great way of expressing to people what it is you are learning, aw well as getting people to provide information and feedback through comments. Blogs also build up to be personal diaries that you can refer to and adapt though your life. Professionals in a broad range of careers maintain and share their blogs as a way of positioning and promoting their work.
Why do academics blog? Pat Thomson and Inger Mewburn – Guardian, 2013
Academic blogging – 10 top tips Alan Winfield – Guardian, 2013
Blogging Thoughts – Torill Mortensen and Jill Walker, 2002
A Blogger’s Blog: Exploring the Definition of a Medium – danah boyd, 2006