42 Blog post ideas for academic writing bloggers

Blogging is a great way to grow your audience and Blogestablish credibility. But what should you blog about? Our members ask me this ALL the time. First and foremost your blog should be about something that interests you. Blogging should be enjoyable, not another thing that you have to cross off your weekly list. Secondly, your blog needs to have a purpose. What is it that you want your blog to accomplish? Do you want to help people become a better academic writer? Do you want to share tips and strategies related to the writing process that you’ve learned over the years? It doesn’t matter what it is, but it does matter that you know and that it’s also clear to your readers.

So whether you are just starting a blog or just looking for a blog post idea for this week, this list will help you. Here are 42 blog post ideas for academic writers: [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: January 23, 2014

This week’s most useful posts are a great mix ofbook aisle quote academic, grant, and textbook content—plus a few “fun” pieces. Each week I roam the internet, from Google searches to Twitter feeds, to find articles that I think you all would be interested in. My hopes are that you find at least one or two every week that are helpful to you and your writing. This week is no different other than I have a favor to ask of you (I rarely ask for favors!). If you have a favorite scholarly, academic, or textbook writing blog, share the title or link in the comments section below. Even though I roam the internet there’s still more great bloggers and content out there. To bring you the best content I need your help in finding those hidden gems (a.k.a bloggers)!

Happy writing! [Read more…]

Tutorial – Twitter 101: Learn how to create an account, customize your profile, and start tweeting

Wondering how to get started on Twitter but not sure where to start? Follow these simple instructions to set up an account, customize it, and get tweeting!

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6 Excellent blogs about academic writing

WritingWith all the demands on your time, you might think that you don’t have the time to read about your craft because you are too busy working on your craft. However, spending some time everyday reading about academic writing best practices, tips, and strategies can actually help you save time in the long run.

So that you don’t have to spend your valuable time searching for them, I have gathered together a list of 6 excellent blogs about academic writing: [Read more…]

6 Blogging do’s and don’ts

Veteran blogger Joel Friedlander, author of the highly successful blog TheBookDesigner.com, suggests following these basic Do’s and Don’ts in order to most effectively utilize blogging as a marketing tool.

Do Post Irresistible Content, as it is the cornerstone of a successful site.

Do Optimize Search Magnetism, by utilizing keywords to drive traffic to your site.

Do Network for Success, by commenting and guest posting on other sites. This network provides an excellent platform for launching a virtual book tour.

Don’t Use Boring Headlines, you need interesting titles to draw in readers.

Don’t Post Dull Prose, make the content readable, fun, and engaging.

Don’t Fall into the Trap of Poor Formatting, avoid the use of long blocks of uninterrupted text.

More blogging tips are available on Friedlander’s podcast entitled “Author Blogging: How to Attract Readers”.

Joel Friedlander is the author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish.

Writing gifts: Blogging about academic writing

Patricia Goodson

Patricia Goodson

Maggie Huerta

Maggie Huerta

Peter Elbow once recommended that authors should try to write for non-evaluative audiences; they should experiment donating their writing as precious gifts to readers who would not judge, evaluate or critique, but would merely enjoy the words and ideas1. For academic writers like us — subject ad nauseam to evaluations and tearing apart of our writing – having a venue where we write merely for the pleasure of writing what others enjoy reading is strong medicine. Medicine that can heal the handicap of destructive feedback, nourish the “writing soul”2, prevent abject loneliness during the process, and restore the hope that, yes, we can, in fact, write something others might actually want to read!

Here is the story of how a group of graduate students and faculty at Texas A&M University began heeding Elbow’s advice. [Read more…]

Blogging Do’s & Don’ts

Joel Friedlander

Joel Friedlander

Veteran blogger Joel Friedlander, author of the highly successful blog TheBookDesigner.com, suggests following these basic Do’s and Don’ts in order to most effectively utilize blogging as a marketing tool.

Do Post Irresistible Content, as it is the cornerstone of a successful site.

Do Optimize Search Magnetism, by utilizing keywords to drive traffic to your site.

Do Network for Success, by commenting and guest posting on other sites. This network provides an excellent platform for launching a virtual book tour.

Don’t Use Boring Headlines, you need interesting titles to draw in readers.

Don’t Post Dull Prose, make the content readable, fun, and engaging.

Don’t Fall into the Trap of Poor Formatting, avoid the use of long blocks of uninterrupted text.

More blogging tips are available on Friedlander’s podcast entitled “Author Blogging: How to Attract Readers” which can be found here.

Friedlander is the author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish.

How to maximize the traffic on your blog

Joel Friedlander

Joel Friedlander

A Self Publisher's ToolkitPublishers are increasingly expecting authors to blog in connection with their books. These blogs can be a highly effective marketing tool—if you can successfully attract readers. In order for your blog to thrive, you need large numbers of engaged readers who follow, comment on, and repost your content, which means you need to know how to maximize your traffic.

In a recent TAA audio conference entitled “Author Blogging: How to Attract Readers”, Joel Friedlander, author of the highly successful blog, The Book Designer.com, and an expert in maximizing blog traffic, shared the following advice: [Read more…]

The value of blogging about your textbook

Kathleen Almy

Kathleen Almy

As a supplement to a February 2012 TAA webinar, “The Benefits of Blogging About Your Textbook”, presented by Kevin Patton, TAA created a group in the social media site LinkedIn to allow participants to interact with both Patton and each other prior to the webinar.

This special LinkedIn group spurred some terrific discussions and insight from other TAA members, such as Kathleen Almy, associate professor of mathematics at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois.

Almy is piloting a new developmental math course called Mathematical Literacy for College Students related to Carnegie’s Quantway initiative, and is blogging about the book being written for it and the course pilot, in her blog, “Rebel with a Cause”.

Following is an excerpt from a discussion by the group in which Almy answers some questions about her blog posed by other group members: [Read more…]