Back in September 2008 when I started my EngD I found it quite lonely. One of my friends suggested I write a blog to help connect with people in my field. So in 2009 I started this blog.
It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and I didn’t really know what I wanted to say on my blog or in my research. I posted 38 (now deeply archived) posts rambling around my research subject but I felt it lacked cohesion. So earlier this year I decided to remove the blog completely after six months of neglect.
Even an end has a start (Editors)
Now that I’ve gone through the writing up period and managed to come out the other side I thought I could start a fresh. Having written over 200 pages on a subject I have the confidence to write about my subject in a way I didn’t have previously.
This blog is…
A reflection on my EngD and the research experiences I had over the last four years. When I was writing up I found reading about other peoples experiences really useful to realise I wasn’t alone. I found the #acwri and #phdchat hashtags on Twitter really useful to keep me motivated too.
Believe it or not there were also aspects of my research and ideas I couldn’t fully articulate in the 220 pages of the final submission. I thought this might be a good place to develop these ideas a bit more.
Also I think that research is about impact and dissemination. While a handful of people may read a paper, 1 or 2 may even look at my thesis, a blog seems a more accessible way of talking about my research to a wider audience.