Blogs & blogging


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What is a blog?

A blog (a contraction of the term 'web log') is a shared on-line journal. A blog is generally a chronological publication of the author's thoughts. More than one author may blog although there is usually a common theme within the blog. Blogs may also contain pictures and videos.
Blogs are generealy available for the public to see although privacy settings may be activated. Readers may be allowed to leave their comments.
In science, a blog may be a useful way of commenting on a topical issue, of introducing a scientist's work to the public or of cataloguing a student's laboratory or general University experiences. For a simple explanation of what a blog is, see Blogs in Plain English.


Benefits of Blogging Assignments - read here

InformationTips for creating blogs

Create What you need to create a blog

To write a blog you need very little apart from your thoughts and commitment. It helps to have correct punctuation and grammar but even that is not a necessity these days. Photographs and videos may also be added to blogs, creating a multi-media experience for the reader.
Blogs may also be written by groups of people. This enables different ideas and experiences to be catalogued and also helps share the workload. This may be useful in student projects.

Share What you need to allow others to read your blog

There are many blogging website hosts available on the internet and blogs may also be incorporated into websites or onto University platforms. common blogging hosts include Wordpress , Posterous and Blogger . Most host sites are free to use but you may upgrade on some for better features.
Most blogging sites enable you to add plugins to help users navigate your site or to add features to your pages.To help readers navigate your blog, it is useful to add tags, descriptive words that help categorise your posts. You may also find it useful to promote your blog on social media.
Read our checklist and evaluation of platforms

View What you need to read a blog

Most blogs are readily available for public viewing on the web. Thus you simply need a computer and internet access to view.
Some blogs may have privacy settings activated and you may need an invite to view. You may be allowed to comment on the blog post and comments may be moderated prior to publication.
Some blogs and web hosts allow you to subscribe to blog posts so that you will receive updated blog entries as they appear. You can have them sent to your email or you can receive an RSS feed.

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More tips for creating blogs

Top ten tips for creating blogs including tips on naming your blog, creating a community & more.
The education award winning blogs may give you tips on designing and writing your own blog.
How to create a blog with Blogger.
Video tutorial created for UWA Science and the Media students using the class blog, but useful for anyone new to blogging

Student_assignment_examples Examples of Science blog assignments

Science blog example 1

(suitable for undergraduate – incl 1st year- science students)

Aim: to work in groups to communicate, through a blog, with fellow scientists on a particular science topic
· In groups of 5, design a blog about a particular area of science.
· Tell your lecturer your URL and the students involved in your blog.
· Your blog must be updated 3 times per week for 10 weeks for a total of 30 entries.
· You must also comment at least once per week on other blog entries in your blog.
· You will be assessing your blog colleagues input into your project.
· The lecturer/tutors will be examining each blog and the commitment by each student.
· The assessment is worth 5% of final mark for the course.
· Suggested topics – those that are currently in the news; a new area of science investigation; a controversial area of science.
· Plan your entries according to availability of students, your knowledge and don’t be afraid to disagree

Science blog example 2: Advanced blogging example

Assessment For Assessment tips and ideas, please go to our Assessment wiki page

Links Science blogs

Blogs about science and by scientists

Sciblogs Blogs by Australian and New Zealand scientists and science writersScientiae
Culture of chemistry
Science blogs
Female science professional: Musings of a science professor at a large research university
On becoming a domestic and laboratory goddess Dr Isis, a physiologist, blogs about her research career, raising children and shoes.

Blogs by students

SCOM200: Science and the public sphere Macquarie University students and SCOM201: Science Media & the Community: Communicating Climate Change
Science communication - 3rd year University of Melbourne students

Blog discussions

It's good to blog - Nature editorial
Why do we blog? - Discussions with scientists who blog
Cambridge Science Festival -- Panel on blogs & science journalism at the Cambridge, Massachusetts Science Festival 2011