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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


Do any of you have professional blogs?

I emailed my undergrad advisor this morning a proposition for a group blog on the area in which she and I focus. I totally thought she'd take the idea to someone else, and it would magically happen and I could be a contributor to it. No such luck - she suggested to me that I should start it and that it would be really good for me professionally to do so, and that I should do it under my name.

Do any of you have or contribute to professional blogs? Are there any things I should think about in doing so? There would be absolutely nothing personal on it - I would keep all personal stuff here. I'm not sure how much to worry about it affecting my hire-ability or other career issues - especially since it wouldn't be political - it would be focused on a specific area of psych.

One worry I have would be if I posted things *both* here and there and if someone happened to read both. I guess I could move all stuff about that topic to there and no longer post about it here - but that might be hard.

I also would like to make it a group blog - I'm envisioning something like the Huffington post where news is posted and then people contribute to the group blog. Are there any things I ought think about in terms of that?

And in terms of platform - I want it to be free, but I feel like blogger's templates are not as professional looking as others'. I looked at wordpress - but found it intimidating. Would that be a better place to do it? I'm a bit put off by having to download stuff onto my computer to do it.


At 6:31 PM, Blogger StyleyGeek said...

I think Wordpress has two options: the one with free hosting, where you don't have to download stuff, and the non-free one, where you do. The free one is fine except that you can't directly alter the template you choose. You can change what is in the sidebar, and some colours, I think (maybe also the header design?), but not the basic layout.

I have no other suggestions, since I've never tried making a professional blog. Good luck!

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous sheepish said...

I read a few of the blogs over at scienceblogs.com. Many of them are mixed professional/personal blogs with most of the content being professional, but scattering in book and movie reviews, sports talk, pet blogging, etc. The audience seems to vary a lot on the individual blogs there - from total technical specialists to lay people.

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wordpress is easy to pick up if you have been using blogger.


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