Research blogging do’s and don’ts

On: October 25, 2006
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One of the first Masters of Media to crawl upon this blog (2006/2007)! Still following (and at times contributing) to this great project. Working at Dutch sectorinstitute for e-culture Virtueel Platform. Special interest in stories resulting from new media product use (think: sat nav gone wrong) and independent gaming. Also blogging at


I’ve been thinking a bit what to publish about my research on my weblog, and went to search for other examples of research blogs to give me some guidelines.

I stumbled upon this website by Jill Walker who has written a valuable paper on blog usage and research together with Torill Mortensen. A very good read for anyone who is in doubt on what to blog and what not to. The following quote presents an interesting view:

“Blogs exist right on this border between what’s private and what’s public, and often we see that they disappear deep into the private sphere and reveal far too much information about the writer. When a blog is good, it contains a tension between the two spheres…”

The paper by Walker and Mortensen can be downloaded from the website, or directly from here: Jill Walker and Torill Mortensen, Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an Online Research Tool (February 2002, PDF).

If you’re going to run a research blog or already have one up and running, what will you be posting and also what not? On the one hand you want to discuss things with your readers, on the other hand maybe you don’t want to have them run off with your ideas? Where is that balance?

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4 Responses to “Research blogging do’s and don’ts”
  • October 25, 2006 at 12:11 am

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  • October 25, 2006 at 9:12 am

    What a coincidence, I just read that paper yesterday as well! I’d really recommend it to everyone.

    I personally find it hard to find a balance between this collaborative blog and my personal blog as well. What goes where? If I would prefer some feedback I have a bigger chance of getting comments here, but if the piece has anything to do with my thesis I would prefer to have my comments logged at my personal blog. And I recently added photography to my blog as well, since that is one of my main things I keep myself busy with when I’m not studying. But it’s got nothing to do with research or writing, but it feels odd to completely separate it and put it somewhere else.

    Oi moi, the difficulty of managing concent.

  • October 25, 2006 at 11:51 am

    Yea, it’s almost the same thing I’m thinking about. What can be useful for the collaborative blog? And what are just personal notes that don’t really fit on here? I found that if it is useful enough for the class to know, I’d post it here, like this link for example.

    But what I’m also thinking about, is when you publish a work in progress (in this case a thesis in progress), it feels kind of personal when you share it on a blog. As if it is already out of your hands, but you’re still working on it.

    Managing content is difficult indeed :)

  • October 25, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    We are new media students… just write/report about recent new media developments… and don’t think too much about its academic value

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