Hello again! I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend, and hopefully a chance to reflect on the workshops and begin putting it into practice with the first task which I posted on Friday after the workshops: setting up a WordPress account.
As I mentioned in the workshop, your WordPress account is the main way we’ll be interacting from now on, as we explore some of the tools we touched on in the workshop. You’ll be using it to interact with the other participants and with me by commenting on the posts here, with your questions, reflections, experiences and advice. So this week’s task is pretty important!
I’ve found that the hardest thing about learning to use social media effectively in a professional academic context is not using the technology itself, but the changes in behaviour and values that are needed. In some ways, the ethos and behaviours which make for good social media practice are the opposite of academic ones: in this case, not waiting months to create a perfect, polished and lengthy response, but pushing myself to make a quick, short and memorable contribution to a discussion. Hopefully you’ll find this a safe space to explore and push yourself outside your comfort zone! The other reason it’s important is that this programme is as much about your contributions as mine, so do contribute – the other participants will find your comments extremely helpful, as will I!
One more thing – I’ll be moderating the comments so we’re not inundated with spam or people who aren’t researchers at Cambridge. You’re welcome to use a pseudonym for the programme, if you’re not comfortable with exploring social media under your own ‘real life’ professional identity yet, but I’ll need to know who you are so I don’t block or delete your comments! Once you’ve set up your WordPress account with your username, do remember to register it with me on the ‘How to Join‘ page. And leave a comment below! Comments may not appear immediately – I’ll need to approve them, which I’ll do as soon as I can.