Welcome to Thing 2, good to see you again. As mentioned in Thing 1, blogging is a big part of this programme as it gives you the opportunity to reflect on what particular Thing you have explored, especially with regards how you feel about it and if you want to use it as part of your work. Check out this video where we talk about reflective blogging.

Video transcript

There are many free blogging platforms out there but for 23 Research Things we have decided to use WordPress. Feel free to use whatever platform you want, you might even have set up a blog already. If you need some help getting started with WordPress, we have put together this useful handout with all the starter steps covered. WordPress does change how it looks from time to time so we’ve done our best to make sure this is as up-to-date as possible. If you get stuck, ask us for help using our contact form!

WordPress is a really useful blogging platform as it is simple to use, offers lots of free themes and other tailored content, and if you really like what you’ve created you can even turn it in to a hosted website where you pay a fixed annual fee. WordPress.com is the free version while WordPress.org covers the hosted versions with lots of develop-related information. We’ll stick with the .com version for now.

WordPress has a huge community and you can follow lots of other bloggers and get a real feel for how people write, what kinds of tools and images they use to get their point across, and apply all of those things to your own blogging. You can blog as a form of journaling for personal fun or you can have a professional blog where you talk about your studies, research, work and your career. The choice is entirely yours and you can be as open or as closed with a blog as you like. Use your real name and photo or keep it all hidden under a pseudonym, the choice is entirely yours.

Thing 2 activity

Once you’ve got your blog set up, transfer the list you made for your Thing 1 activity into a new blogpost

Add to this blogpost by talking about how you feel about blogging as a form of reflection. Does it intrigue you or are you nervous about writing?

Maybe you have some previous experience of blogging. If so, include it in your blogpost

If you haven’t done so already, follow the 23 Research Things blog via email or through your WordPress account (if you have one)

If you want your blog to count towards your shiny certificate of achievement, let us know where we can find it once you’re all set up!

Thing 2 learning outcomes

You should have gone through the process of setting up your own blog (if you didn’t have one already that is)

You should understand the benefit of reflective blogging

You should be prepared for active engagement with the 23 Research Things programme

You should have had the opportunity to reflect on aims and blogging as a tool

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