Ceri and I were talking the other day about how much we're loving The Attic and how we really enjoy the process of writing a blog. Well, I enjoy it so much that I've started a research blog. It's already proving to be an invaluable means of gathering together all the different links and resources that I've collected over the past eighteen months. And I'm trying out Wordpress' free online blogging software where I increasingly feel The Attic's future might lie.
I can imagine that blogs will lead to all sorts of new ways of disseminating and publishing our research, but at the same time, I can also envisage lots of issues to do with copyright and plagiarism - and for those reasons I will be using my blog to talk about the research process, rather than as a vehicle to present my research findings.
We already know about Mary's and Lynn's research blogs. Are there anymore out there? Perhaps we have some secret research bloggers in our midst who need outing! ;) Either way, if you're a research blogger, or know of a good research blog, then c'mon, spread the word!
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.