8 Academic blogging questions answered by veteran blogger Mark Leccese

The Elements of BloggingAcademic authors can reap many benefits from blogging, says Mark Leccese, author of The Elements of Blogging: Expanding the Conversation of Journalism, and the blog The Elements of Blogging, in his recent TAA webinar, Blogging for Academics: A Journalist Turned Academic Offers Tips, Techniques, Inspiration and a Few Warnings”. Here are 8 questions Leccese answered during the webinar that illustrate not only the benefits of blogging, but how academics can best reap those benefits.  [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: May 21, 2015

Undoubtedly your semester has either ended or is very rapidly  “Writing isn't about racing to the finish line; it's about finding joy in each step of the process. If a writer focuses on the journey, the destination will take care of itself.”  ―Christopher Meyerhoeffer coming to an end. Will you take a small break from your writing? Time to unwind and focus on something else like family or vacation? This week I came to a revelation about writing and how much writing is like this favorite quote of mine, “Fitness is a journey, not a destination.” Now replace the word ‘fitness’ with ‘writing’. I often relate writing to fitness because like writing, fitness is a large part of my life and a major passion of mine. My revelation was that writing is a journey too. Sure there may be small destinations that you reach along the way—a published journal article, a finished manuscript, or a completed textbook—but there is always room for improvement. You may take small breaks from your writing to become re-inspired or recharged, but just as a fitness fanatic can’t stay away from the gym for very long, a writer cannot stay away from their pen or keyboard very long. There will always be another article or another book that you must write. So as someone once said, “Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story.” Happy writing! [Read more…]

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…]