It’s the natural compulsion in our age and this is the way we have built a habit unnoticeably and that is going to blog posts more. May be because the way how blog posts are generally structured. It is more often considered as a medium of expressing an opinion or viewpoint and the writing style is enticing for the reader to get easily hooked into reading. In blogging, conversation becomes the igniting factor for others to participate for further learning or exchanging comments and suggestions. Here comes another important ingredient in terms of bringing right engagement and that is the audience group. If you are making the talk to your peers only, there will be more use of enigmatic terminologies or acronyms but if it is for general public, there is a higher chance of more participation for the reading as the language remains tranquil in flow.
Now, you would be recollecting your professor’s warning that blog posts carry no real value as they are in most cases not backed by enough data and not referenced from legitimate sources. This gets more complicated when content creator is someone different than a writer (a blogger could create an infographic as a content from a research article, where he or she has no contribution in writing). Well, truth is, part of this belief is undeniable. Now, a clever reader might put these questions:
- What’s the age of your professor?
- Does your professor like to print the draft hard copies of your manuscripts for correction?
- Does your professor push you to publish articles only on high impact factor journals?
- Does your professor prefer an original article length should not be any lesser than 10 pages?
- Does your professor put more emphasis on journal paper acceptance than conference paper?
- Does your professor bring only government funding or both govt. and private funding?
And the probably three or four others too.
Okay, whichever the direction the chatter goes, we cannot reverse back our way of perceiving research findings. In blogging a research paper, a prospective scientist can bring failed experiments into discussion or how a conference contact helped him/ her come up with a new experimental design, would be more likely a point of discussion. This approach of research blogging is not new but it does take an extra effort. If taken this approach seriously however, researchers could express science memes (e.g. black hole memes, as it is now so trending in social media) as they try to bring humor in their own research, which is so opposed to publishing in any journal article.
Before blogging style becomes quaint, let’s make the use of blogging more as to the congenial way of expressing research findings.