Some wise words on academic blogging

The Impact for Sciences blog just posted a great list of posts about academic blogging. Well worth a read for those who are thinking about starting a blog, but haven’t. Or for those who have started a blog, but feel like they don’t update it often enough (I’d put myself in that category).

Out of the 5 posts linked to, my favourites are the ones by Alex Marsh and James Hartley. Marsh makes the point that, just because you are a blogging academic, not everything you blog about has to be directly related to your own area of research. Very relevant advice, as people’s areas of research tend to be very narrow these days! Hartley suggests that blogs are good outlets for academic work – albeit slightly rewritten – that is proving hard to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. I like the idea, but I think blog posts like that should be backed up by freely accessible stats – a working paper or data appendix would be a good place to put this.

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Rationality quote of the day

Here’s what happened to a young sheep dog, who was so eager to herd sheep that he drove the whole flock over a cliff:

[the sheep dog] had done his work so thoroughly that he was considered too good a workman to live, and was, in fact, taken and tragically shot at twelve o’clock that same day—another instance of the untoward fate which so often attends dogs and other philosophers who follow out a train of reasoning to its logical conclusion, and attempt perfectly consistent conduct in a world made up so largely of compromise

(From Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. )

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