Blogging in Higher Education

This collection of web resources on blogging has been especially curated for students and teachers in the arts and humanities and addresses the professional value, pedagogy and best practicalities for blogging in higher education.

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The Case of Abbey Ryan, Blogging Her Way to Success

Abbey Ryan is making a full-time income selling her art online. This is a case history of how she did it and who she is. Ryan became interested in art during high school. Despite having a natural aptitude, she entered college as a science major and it wasn’t until a few years later that she…

Why you should start an industry blog today.

So you’re a graduate with a shiny new diploma in hand. Or, better yet, you’re in the middle of your studies. Either way, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to catch employers’ attention and land that first job. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of students in the same boat as you. Whether your passion is design, branding, advertising, or marketing, an industry-related blog helps you stand out by demonstrating your interests and skills to potential employers. Here are the advantages of starting a blog.

Seven reasons why blogging can make you a better academic writer

Discussions about scholarly blogging most often centre on the need for we academics to write in ways that attract new audiences. If we write blogs, we are told, we can communicate our research more effectively. Blogs enhance impact; they are a medium for public engagement. The advocacy goes on… Blogs (and other social media) can point readers to our (real) academic publications, particularly if they are held on open repositories. Blogging, it seems, is a kind of essential add-on to the usual academic writing and academic publication that we do.

Academic blogging in the “accelerated academy”: How to build a personal, professional and public community.

As a dynamic space, a group blog can be particularly suited to the rapidly changing context of researcher development. Claire Aitchison, Susan Carter and Cally Guerin share their experiences developing a doctoral support blog, a global space for personal and professional development and for building community. Individuals and their institutions stand to benefit from blogging, they argue, but if it were to be mainstreamed, would the practice be able to retain the unique elements that account for its success?

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Comments That Open Doors with Popular Bloggers

What does a great blog comment look like, and how do you write one? Here's a simple four-part formula that works every time.

The 10 best blogging platforms available for free

It used to be said that everyone has a book in them. These days, it might be more appropriate to argue everyone has infinite tweets, snarky Facebook updates, and semi-random comments in them. But plenty of people retain a thirst for more thoughtful writing, and also a desire to share it as widely as possible – and these are the best blogging platforms to go about doing that.

In this round-up, we explore 10 of the best blogging platforms for newcomers who want to get a free blog up and running.

Academic Blogging, a Personal Experience

“To talk in public, to think in solitude, to read and to hear, to inquire and answer inquiries, is the business of a scholar” (from Johnson (1759)). 250 years after, anyone might think that the business has not changed: academics remain in their ivory tower, but from time to time, they have to leave it, to communicate. ... With Internet (emails, blogs, forums, etc), academics now have new mediums to communicate, either within their own community (and launch participative projects), or outside their community. Academic blogs are one medium, among many others. As explained in Gregg (2006), “blogs have made scholarly work accessible and accountable to a readership outside the academy“.

Ethical blogging – a 10-point guide

With the rapid convergence of traditional journalism and newer online technologies, many people argue that bloggers should be bound by a Code of Ethics. Matt de Neef provides ten tips for ethical b…

Academic Blogging

In terms of blogging practice, the author identifies a new writing genre described as “connective writing”, a form that forces those who do it to read carefully and critically, that demands clarity and cogency in its construction, that is done for a wide audience, and that links to the sources of ideas expressed. Blogging as an academic exercise is different from simply posting. The author differentiates between posting, simple blogging, real blogging and complex blogging. These categories might be useful when we review our marking grid.

Copyright Law: 12 Dos and Don’ts for bloggers

As the blogging phenomenon expands, copyright concerns become quite important. Technology makes it really easy to copy, modify and share information, whether we talk about text, images, audio or video. The problem is that the vast majority of people do not have a clear understanding of the Copyright Law, which might result in illegal and costly mistakes. Below you will find 12 Do’s and Dont’s that will clarify what you can and what you can not do as an online publisher.

Arts Law : Information Sheet : Legal Issues for Bloggers

Posting or publishing written work online, whether on your personal or artist website, on  social media (including Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest) or via a blog can create a number of legal issues including copyright, defamation or trade practices. This information sheet discusses some of these issues and should be read with our information sheet entitled Writers & authors: useful resources.

The 10 Best Free Blog Sites

Bloggers have to start somewhere! Check out this list of platforms and their features to help you choose one that suits your style.

Five Reasons Why College Students Should Get Blogging

There are many reasons that college students should get blogging and here are 5 of them you don't want to miss!

Student CV tips: your hobby could be a ticket to your dream job

From promoting club nights to blogging, being proactive outside of your degree could be the key to a winning job interview

Blogging as 'writing without a parachute'

What does it mean to write with energy? That's a question Patter addresses on her blog this morning, reflecting on the notion of 'writing without a parachute'. As she summarises t...

Blogging: Why All Postgrads Should Have A Go! - Postgrad Blog

Blogging is fantastic! It's quick, easy and free. In minutes you can share your amazing brainwaves with countless people all over the UK and indeed the entire world. Whether you're doing a Masters or a PhD, blogging can help you refine the skills needed for your dream career and for you to shine at any interview.

Blogging your way to a PhD?

Calvin Ho (@calvinhyj) is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He researches skilled labour immigration policies in Western countries. Through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program at UCLA, he also mentors minority students planning to pursue doctorates in the humanities and social sciences.

6 Tips for Quality Student Blogging

Gary is a Google certified teacher and holds a certificate of educational technology and information literacy (COETAIL). He teaches middle school science at Saigon South International School and his interests are exploring web 2.0 tools, connected classrooms and authentic assessment. "Gary, so much of what students blog about is crap and not worth reading.

Lessons In Long Form Blogging From Writing College Essays

In the last two years of studying Politics at University (that's College in the US) I've often had to research, write and submit 10,000+ words of essay in around a fortnight. Being on such a tight schedule and needing writing to be consistently good forces you to be a good writer.

8 Reasons You Should Have A Professional Blog - The Curious Creative

The way we share our thinking and reflections nowadays has burgeoned with so many different creative platforms. Blogging is one of the original social networks and has been a cornerstone in my professional life for many years now. Take a look through these reasons for reflective posts on your blog and commit to the future of … Continue reading 8 Reasons You Should Have A Professional Blog

100 fresh blogs and websites for creative professionals to follow in 2015

Whether you’re looking for insights and inspiration in the world of graphic design, illustration, photography, art, user experience design, web design, interior design or architecture – we’ve painstakingly crawled the web to dig out the latest must-read blogs.

How to Write a Great Blog Comment

Nine simple rules for writing great blog comments.

The Ultimate Guide to Leaving Comments On Blogs - @ProBlogger

If you’ve ever read a post, book or eBook, or listened to a webinar or conference session on the topic of ‘finding readers for your blog’ you’ll have heard the advice: ‘Leave comments on other blogs‘... This post is an attempt to give you some advice on how to leave comments effectively and what to avoid.

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