From the lowly Ph.D. student at a small school, to the Havard professor, researchers are blogging. Here are some of the reasons why they blog:
- Research is a social activity. Blogging allows us to keep and create links with diverse researchers whose varied interests keeps our mind open and fresh.
- Blogging is a personal activity, whereas most of science is consensual. Hence, blogging helps to promote ideas that would not survive otherwise. It is easier to go against the grain in a blog then in a research journal.
My thesis is that blogging will ultimately be recognized as an activity encouraging true innovation.
- Julia Davies, Guy Merchant, Looking from the Inside Out: Academic Blogging as a New Literacy, 2006.
- Gerard Goggin, Public intellectuals in the Internet age, 2007.