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Blogging for Scientists - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Blogging for Scientists - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

For the Summerschool on Science Communication of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels I gave a lecture and a workshop on blogging for Scientists.


Studio Lakmoes

July 04, 2014


  1. Science Communication Blogging Summerschool ‘Zeg ’t eens’ 2-4 juli 2014,

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  3. Why should you blog?

  4. “People don’t come to you to collaborate unless they know

    you exist“ Dr. Bethany Brookshire (aka @Scicurious)
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  6. A good science blogger

  7. “Do not oversimplify but simply communicate complexity” PLoS Blogs tips

  8. Essential qualities • Boundless curiousity and genuine love of science

    • Do not oversimplify but simply communicate complexity • Show their personality and style • Credit their peers • Take a stand and enjoy debate • Make their work freely available
  9. Blogging tips

  10. “He who works with the door open gets all kinds

    of interruptions, but he also occasionally gets clues as to what the world is and what might be important.” ! Richard Hamming, wiskundige
  11. Tips for (science) blogging • Choose goal and target group

    • Choose your platform (own blog on Wordpress, Weebly, PLoS or contributor blog on i.e. ScienceBlog) • Choose a tone of voice
  12. Blogging is about dialogue (c) Marc Wathieu

  13. Choose goal and target group (c) All Chrome

  14. Choose your platform

  15. Choose your tone of voice (c) Sergiu Bacioiu

  16. Just start! (c) Path111

  17. Once you’re started • Use images in your blog posts

    • Use links to other content from yourself and others • Invite comments from others • Write regularly • Connect your different media • Be active other blogs • Be persistent 17
  18. Inspirational bloggers

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  20. 1) You don't...*shudder*...put your own work on the internet!? 2)

    You do this in your off time? Shouldn't you be writing papers then? I'm concerned about your motivation. 3) You must not be a very good scientist (usually that's on the internet, but once in a while it's said to my face). ... ... 100) That's nice. ... ... 1,001) OMG I READ YOUR BLOG - Scicurious
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  22. Good and bad self-promotion

  23. What do you think? Good self-promotion • Networking • Presenting

    at conferences • Chatting up seminar speaker at lunch Bad self-promotion • Seeking out the press • Giving TED Talks • Posing for magazines • Social media
  24. Workshop

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