Inspiration and Motivation
Thoughts on the purpose and philosophy of blogging:
- Blogging & Your Academic Profile (Jon Tennant)
- Why I Blog (Christie Aschwanden)
- Personal Note: On Going Public (implications of being a blogging academic, by @themalarkeybin)
- How to think more creatively (BBC Science)
- Why are Academics (still) not blogging?
And for inspiration: The Best Science Writing Online 2012 (annual edition).
About Science Blogging
Some must-read primers for new science bloggers:
- 10 Essential Qualities of Science Bloggers (Victoria Costello)
- Aggregating, curating, and thinking: What do we value in science blogs? (Paul Raeburn)
- Journalism 2.0 on Science 2.0 (Curtis Brainard, Columbia Journalism Review)
- How to Learn By Blogging About Science (on Soapbox Science, Nature BlogS)
- On the Origin of Science Writers (Ed Yong)
- AAAS: Science and Social Media RECAP! (Scicurious)
- Devenir blogueur scientifique: petit guide (Agence Science-Presse, 35 p., PDF format, 2011)
- Should You Write a Science Blog? (Sabine Hossenfelder)
- Why are there not more research blogs? (Dolly Jørgensen)
- Kirk Englehardt’s list of more than 100 blog posts covering the ins-and-outs of science blogging, journalism and communications.
Writing, Pitching, and Promoting
- The Open Notebook: The story behind the great science stories.
- Science Writers’ Handbook (http://pitchpublishprosper.com/)
An excellent resource for science writers and bloggers that includes The Pitch Database with sample pitches that have worked for science writers.
- “Just a Theory”: 7 Misused Science Words
- Wellcome Trust links to science writing tips: http://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/science-writing-tips/
- Wellcome Trust: How to write a science feature http://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/2014/04/10/science-writing-prize-2014-how-to-write-a-science-feature/
Images and illustrations for your blog
An excellent post by Glendon Mellow that includes some basics on hiring a science illustrator (for blogs or other pubs)
- Science Communication and the Art of Not Stealing by Matt Shipman
Responding to feedback and comments
An excellent resource from the US Union of Concerned Scientists