Welcome to this short celebration of 1000 blog posts here on the Intute: Social Sciences blog. It is amazing to think that about two and half years ago we started off by welcoming everyone to the new Intute service and since then have churned out another 999 nuggets of Social Science information related wisdom.
Our blog is put together by a about a half a dozen regular contributors and a similar number of occasional writers. It is the most popular of our Additional Services, has been a showcase for other Social Science blogs, as well as our podcasting activities and even a quote in the Times Higher.
This is a good opportunity to look back on what has changed since 2006 and how that has been reflected by our blogging activity. So I asked our blog contributors for their thoughts on what they have got out of the blogging experience, here’s what they came up with:
I like dipping in and reading some of the more light hearted posts as they supplement Intute materials really well, plus it has taken me to blogs I haven’t heard of before. I would like to see more cross collaboration with other people.
I really like writing for the blog and think it is a good way to publicize our work, in short readable chunks. It’s made me more aware of good quality blogs out there, for my subjects. I think we should have guest contributors now and then.
It’s been great to look more closely at psychology in the news. It seems to crop up a great deal! At the beginning, there were few psychology blogs and podcasts. We’ve seen an explosion in their number over the life of the Intute blog … that represents a real change in the landscape for psychology. People are finding it easier to record audio, video, and post articles
I’m in touch with some interesting sociologists / sociology blogs that otherwise I wouldn’t have come across. Also found it very interesting to be writing for the ESRC Favourite blogs event just as sociology itself was beginning to see the usefulness of blogs and when the American Sociological Association sponsored blogs were setting up what you could call ‘model’ academic blogs i.e. those that were less personal diaries and aimed at disseminating news and tapping into debate and it’s just fun to do!
I am impressed with the scope of the postings and the way they present a topical story in an easily digestible form as well as pointing you to more information on the subject. I have to say my favourites are the ones that put a humourous slant on the news!
So it seems as though it is important to have a sense of humour, which is reflected by our reading public who seem to agree by picking Running for President is a serious business as their most read blog post – which looks at the intersection of satire and comedy in the recent US election.
Blogging has certainly helped us connect with a broader community of bloggers, information professionals and academics, which you can measure on sites like Technorati or see in more qualitative ways such as being asked to produce a Guide to Blogging for the Economics community.
In that context, a couple of contributors mentioned getting guest writers for the blog – it is something we have experimented with before with Francois Briatte writing on health policy and Romesh Vaitilingam contributing to Our Favourite Blogs event – but there’s more of that on the way – watch this space!
To end on a personal note, I’ve enjoyed having the freedom to think out loud in this very public space and I am constantly amazed at what I learn from my fellow contributors, as well as our readers who leave comments or send emails – it’s a privilege to be surrounded by such smart people.