Publishing your research findings is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a PhD student. This is when you confirm that you are, as they say, ‘making an original contribution to knowledge’ by. . . making an original contribution to knowledge. And publishing it.
That said, publishing successfully and effectively is a time-consuming process for any academic and may be particularly demanding for PhD students who are unfamiliar with the systems of academic peer-review, revision and resubmission.
One way to gain some of the benefits of ‘publishing’ your work without detracting too much from the actual research process is to blog alongside your PhD.
You don’t need to write blog posts that are as detailed and substantial as draft parts of your thesis (in fact, you really shouldn’t).
Instead your blog can record key ideas and milestones, report on conference experiences and perhaps offer a space for ideas that aren’t part of your full thesis.
Done correctly, blogging can be a great networking tool, offering a way for other scholars to keep in touch with you and your work. Regularly reflecting on your PhD can also help you get through the process by maintaining a record of how far you’ve come and the path you’ve taken.
There are plenty of simple platforms available for independent blogging, including popular options such as Wordpress and Blogger. Your university, or department, may also organise its own postgraduate blog.
And, of course, there’s this blog right here. We’re always interested in hearing from students with experiences to share and advice to offer their peers. Feel free to get in touch with our editor, Mark via email or Twitter.