For years I have been frustrated at my inability to know about who is doing what in my field. This blog is my attempt at a remedy, but I need your help! (Please keep reading.)
Here’s a motivating example: Last year, a colleague sent me a paper that had a reference with an interesting title—interesting because it was similar to a paper I had written about five years before. I found the paper, and lo and behold, it was a direct extension of my earlier paper (with proper citation and credit, I should add). It had been published for two years, yet I knew nothing about it. In the land of Google and Twitter, this should not happen.
In a Twitter world, I would subscribe to the feeds of numerous colleagues whose work I find interesting. When they do or find something of note (publish a paper, have a new insight, see an interesting paper, etc.), I would find out immediately. Similarly, they would find out about what I am doing because they subscribe to my feed. Wouldn’t it be great?
This blog is an attempt to make it happen. My Small Goal is to provide a means for others to find out when I have something to say—without having to go active and search for it. My Big Goal is to inspire colleagues and friends to do the same, so I can know what they are doing. That’s the Big Vision!
What I want you to do
If you are here just to find out about my research or check out my publications, check the menu items above. I am using these pages to provide overviews of my research areas. You should also click Research under Categories to the right to see posts I have made about upcoming publications and other things.
I would rather have you connect with me electronically. When I started this project, I was embarrassed not to know how to follow a blog or follow someone on Twitter. So, if you have the same fears—and you are interested in following this blog—here are your options:
- If you have (and use) a Twitter account, you can follow me on Twitter (click the button to the right). Every blog post is announced on my Twitter account. My Twitter account is for professional use only. I will not tell you what I’m having for lunch or how my favorite sports team is doing, I promise.
- If you would like to receive an email when I make a post, just click the Follow button to the right, under Follow Via Email. I am making one or two posts per week, so you will not be overwhelmed.
- If you are a LinkedIn user, you can view my profile at the link to the right. I accept essentially everyone who requests a connection. Blog posts should show up in your periodic LinkedIn digests. This is not the best way to follow someone’s work, but it works.
Selective Pull—what I really want you to do!
I refer to the “new model” of distributing knowledge as selective pull. I can subscribe to the feeds I like and ignore the rest. If you think selective pull is a good idea, how about joining me? It will not work without you.
Here’s what I recommend:
- Start a WordPress blog. In less than five minutes you will have a way of pushing out information on your research, teaching, and other items of interest. Then write me an email so I can subscribe.
- Get a Twitter account; connect it to your new blog. You can do this easily within WordPress. When you make a post, Twitter will automatically announce it to your Twitter followers.
- Spend 30 minutes describing your most recent paper or something else of interest. Throw in a graphic or two.
- Every time you publish something, announce it on your blog. It takes less than two minutes.
- Write an email to 50 colleagues letting them know about your blog.
That’s it. Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking, “This is a great idea. I really should do this. I’ll put it on my to-do list.” Well, I have news for you: I forbid you from putting this on your to-do list. You must do it now, not later. If you don’t start now, you will not start at all. Go to WordPress and sign up. Right. Now.
I look forward to connecting with you.