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Calling all academic bloggers!

In blogs, higher education, non law, Social Media, women on May 10, 2011 at 7:45 am

This morning’s Age has two pieces on academics and blogging; one starts out as a story of a scuffle between Monash and Melbourne Universities over the ‘Melbourne Model’ (Click here) but ends up discussing Edublog, a proprietary blog platform (Click here). The other piece is a nifty list of ‘academic bloggers’ on a variety of topics (Click here), including one I like, Dr Samantha Thomas’ Discourse (Click here).

The Age inexplicably overlooked Amicae Curiae, and the Castan Centre’s Human Rights Blog (Click here).

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One of my newfound favorite academic (non-law) blogs is the Thesis Whisperer (Click here). Another is Julie Posetti’s J-Scribe (Click here), although she posts more regularly via twitter (@julieposetti). On law I regularly check Peter Black’s Freedom to Differ (Click here) and Feminist Law Professors (Click here). A new one on legal education is the Pleagle Trainer Blog (Click here)

Have you found any blogs by academics, whether in law or otherwise that you regularly check in to?

Or are you an academic with a blog on your work area? Have you found it assisted your work and writing? Does your faculty recognise your blog work? (I suspect I have had more readers of blog posts than I have via journal articles, but luckily there is no way to measure how many hard copy readers one has!) Wait! I just had a thought; should scholarly bloggers be called sloggers? Leave us your comments here.

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  1. I enjoyed reading this and following the links; I love the look of your site too.

    • Thank you, the house style is a work in progress! Follow Pleagle on twitter @pleagletrainer!

  2. Thanks for the shoutout!!!
    Some of my favourite blogs are written by non-academics. Spilt Milk is a must read. She covers a variety of feminist topics and her writing is beautiful.
    http://mymilkspilt.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks Doc Samantha! Spilt Milk is a great suggestion. Follow her on Twitter @mymilkspilt, and Doc @Doc_Samantha

  3. I couldn’t agree more about ThesisWhisperer, this has been a saviour while I’ve been thesising, and (I hope) will continue to provide consolation and inspiration. Meanwhile, my other academic bloggers of choice are a little less “legal” in their focus, tending toward fairy tale, bibliophilia and the transmedial (all relevant to my research interests, of course) and are at:
    http://www.henryjenkins.org/
    http://docinboots.blogspot.com/
    and
    http://patrickspedding.blogspot.com/

    In terms of non-academic blogging, I have to say that my money is on the ever delightful Cleolinda Jones at http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/. She’s a brilliant and engaging writer and satirist and has a brilliant imagination. it also helps that her fanbase is a strong community in its own right. If I can work out a way to write about The Secret Life of Dolls in my thesis, I will.

  4. I agree with you Alison, I find the blog helps get the words ‘out’ and then they can be revitalised and used in longer formats. Readers you can find Alison’s blog at http://imagestoliveby.wordpress.com/ and follow her on twitter @scotinoz .

  5. Thank you for including the Pleagle Trainer blog thekglawyerblog.com/ptblog in your article! I am still new to this and learning a lot from looking around as I go. My focus is on adult law graduates and the journey between academe and practice and beyond. I have a bit of a thing for the empowering aspects of ICT and social media (I am a bit of an early adopter partly due to lifelong severe deafness). Lately I’ve enjoyed the diversion of Legal Blog Watch’s Three Burning Questions for its whimsical take on law practice.

  6. I’m writing a blog: http://ccageresearch.blogspot.com/ as an online journal while writing my PhD. IT has been a great way to explore my thought processes, though I would say I am still developing my blogging skills. My latest post was one suggested on #phdchat (which I would highly recommend as a great twitter support group!) for ‘writing your research in plain English’, which was a very useful excercise. They also have a wiki here: http://phdchat.pbworks.com/w/page/33280234/PhD-Chat
    I also follow phd2published: http://www.phd2published.com/ and there are lots more that are suggested regularly on the #phdchat group.

  7. There are some fantastic academic blogs out there. The teaching-focused http://www.delaneykirk.com/ and http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ have great tips on lecturing and leading seminars. There are many PhD students blogging either about their own research, or about the PhD process in general – my favourites include http://phdblog.net/ , http://53degrees.wordpress.com/ , http://findsandfeatures.wordpress.com/ and http://virtual-doc.salford.ac.uk/phdyear3/ . There are department blogs, such as http://disstud.blogspot.com/ , http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/public/ and http://www.spiritual-politics.org/ . And there are subject-specific blogs, often written by researchers and lecturers, such as http://crookedtimber.org/, http://thesocietypages.org/sociologylens/ , http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/ and http://epiphenom.fieldofscience.com/ . When you’re finished with all of that academia, you might need http://www.phdcomics.com/ . There’s some really fascinating writing out there. I spend far longer in Google Reader than is good for my PhD research!

    • Naomi, and Caroline, thanks for compiling such fantastic lists! All that PhD talk is making me twitchy…

  8. The Guardian recently published a useful list of UK law blogs (Blawgs!). http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/butterworth-and-bowcott-on-law/2011/may/23/legal-blogging-lawblogs

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