I was recently interviewed for a story in the Scientist by Bob Grant about blogging and related activities (see his story “You Aren’t Blogging Yet here). As preparation for this interview I made a top 10 list of ways that blogging had been beneficial to me. And I thought I would post my list here. I note, I made this list in about 10 minutes so I am sure there are other things I could add, but it was REALLY easy to make the list so I think w/o a doubt there have been many many benefits ….
10 ways blogging/microblogging has been beneficial to my career:
- Collaboration. Many of my current projects have collaborators that have come about in part via interaction on blog/Twitter.
- Concentration. I concentrate more at meetings since I am either planning on writing something about it, or am actually live blogging the meeting.
- Personnel. Some of the recent recruits to my lab have come about via connections online.
- Crowdsourcing. Asking questions on twitter and my blog has been a great way to rapidly find out information about a particular area.
- Reduced travel. I have two little kids and do not like to travel much right now for this and other reasons. Blogging and Twitter and other social networking activities help peole find out about my work without me having to travel.
- Outreach. Blogging and related activities are a good way to interact with public and scientists in other fields.
- Keeping up with cutting edge (mostly via twitter). Following the right people is a great way of finding out about the latest in various fields
- Great practice for explaining/teaching. In my head, I could explain anything. But when I actually try to explain in writing, I realize how many assumptions we make and how much jargon there is. Trying to explain to a broad audience is great practice.
- Record of my thoughts/ideas. I forget a lot of things. I am sure others do too. But twitter and my blog provide a good record of some thoughts I had on various topics.
- New $$. I have recent gotten a new grant mostly due to my activities in the Science 2.0 world and I think my activities like blogging, etc also could in principle help get other grants where “outreach” is important.
Anyway – just a little post about ways that blogging and tweeting have been helpful for my career. Other examples/areas that blogging and tweeting have helped people’s careers in science would be welcome here …