Monday, September 19, 2005

Academic blogging survey/meme

I picked it up at Pharrryngula, where every day can be Talk Like a Pirate Day with the mere click of a mouse.

The following survey is for bloggers who are actual or aspiring academics (thus including students). It takes the form of a go-meme to provide bloggers a strong incentive to join in: the 'Link List' means that you will receive links from all those who pick up the survey 'downstream' from you. The aim is to create open-source data about academic blogs that is publicly available for further analysis. Analysts can find the data by searching for the tracking identifier-code: "acb109m3m3". Further details, and eventual updates with results, can be found on the original posting:

Simply copy and paste this post to your own blog, replacing my survey answers with your own, as appropriate, and adding your blog to the Link List.

Important (1) Your post must include the four sections: Overview, Instructions, Link List, and Survey. (2) Remember to link to every blog in the Link List. (3) For tracking purposes, your post must include the following code: acb109m3m3

Link List (or 'extended hat-tip'):
1. Philosophy, et cetera
2. Pharyngula
3. Adventures in Ethics and Science
4. Add a link to your blog here.


Age - 37
Gender - Female
Location - San José, California, USA
Religion - Undecided
Began blogging - This one (the one that took) February 2005; earlier attempts started May 2003
Academic field - Philosophy of Science
Academic position [tenured?] - Assistant Professor [not yet]

Approximate blog stats
Rate of posting - almost daily (4-10 times per week, depending on what else is going on)
Average no. hits - 20/day
Average no. comments - 0/day
Blog content - all more or less on the theme of responsible science; some more about current events, some more personal.

Other Questions
1) Do you blog under your real name? Why / why not?
- No, but there are quite enough bread crumbs that anyone who wants to know my real identity can figure it out. The pseudonym is because it's not about me, and because I'm not interested in what the high and mighty at my university might have to say about my opinions.

2) Do colleagues or others in your department know that you blog? If so, has anyone reacted positively or negatively?
- Those who know what a blog is, know I have one. A subset of them read it. The comments have been positive.

3) Are you on the job market?
- No, and, if I get tenure, I hope never to be on the market again. (I like it here!)

4) Do you mention your blog on your CV or other job application material?
- No.

5) Has your blog been mentioned at all in interviews, tenure reviews, etc.? If so, provide details.
- Not that I'm aware of.

6) Why do you blog?
- Originally, the idea was to keep the students in my "Ethics in Science" class thinking beyond class time and assigned readings, to keep them up with relevant current events, etc. Then, the blog became a way for ME to think about issues I teach and things I'm working out in my research.

Also, I find it's a good way to write regularly (in smaller bites), and occasionally a good way to get feedback.

Plus, all the cool kids are doing it.

Pass it on!


At 11:40 AM, Blogger Miss Scarlet said...

0 comments!? let's change that!


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