Links – Five more blogs worth reading
After a fantastic weekend in Seoul eating Greek food and watching musicals, I am rested and ready for another week of ivrytwr. To start the week off on a good foot I’d like to highlight five more that I think are worth reading.
While academic blogging has exploded in the past few years, some people (myself included) wonder about the reach of personal academic blogs. Does being a solo blogger limit your potential reach?
Sites like The Conversation should the potential that collaboration has to amplify an individual’s voice. The Conversation is an Australian news site that offers peer-reviewed news and commentary from the university and research sector. The site boats more than 350,000 readers each month. By creating an academic blogging community, The Conversation can offer readers in-depth posts on a variety of subjects that are updated frequently. This in turn creates a compelling site that drives readership. It was be impossible for a single blogger to have a site posts as frequently on as many topics as The Conversation.
At the same time, sites like The Conversation have the potential to silence voices instead of amplifying them. Does a site of academic blogger with 350,000 readers draw readers away from smaller academic bloggers? Since The Conversation is peer-reviewed, should blog posts count towards tenure? Larger sites have the potential to take away from what makes blogs so interesting – getting to read an individual’s voice.
With that being said, here are five more blogs that I think are worth reading.
1. Zone of Silence – Zone of Silence is a blog run by Brian Gibson in London, Ontario that discusses Canadian politics, education, and environment. Since I’ll be moving to London in the near future I’ve been seeking out blogs from that city. Zone of Silence has been helping me get up to speed about news in London and in Ontario in general.
2. Patter – Patter is the blog of Pat Thomson, Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. The blog discusses doctoral education and talks about writing PhD’s, travelling to conferences, and funding. It’s a well-written blog filled with useful ideas and tips.
3. Museum Geek – Museum Geek is my favourite museum and technology blog. I find the future of museums an utterly fascinating topic and the blog’s author Suse Cairns does an outstanding job of highlighting key issues about the intersection of museums and technology.
4. Adam K. Johnston – Adam K. Johnston writes about new media and higher education. I found his posts about digital literacy and integrating technology in the classroom especially interesting.
5. Stuart Dunn’s Blog – This blog discusses technology and cultural heritage. I recommend a recent post about a Venn Diagram of digital humanities and digital archaeology.
Well that wraps up another weekly link post. I hope this week on the site will be busier than last week. With the help of my new MacBook Air I hope to finally finish my first in a series of videos exploring Korean museums. I also have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head for posts so hopefully they materialize into something interesting.
As always I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. What are your favourite blogs?