Category Archives: blogging

a book from blog posts?

Maybe you have been harbouring secret thoughts about getting a book from those blog posts that you’ve been writing. I think about it too, occasionally, as patter is now several books worth of words. Well, before you take the plunge, … Continue reading

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eek, it’s nearly 2018

Patter has had a busy year, as a few basic stats will show. Patter started in July 2011. And this, dear reader, is the 705th post. Patter has published two posts a week for most of 2017, with a few … Continue reading

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can I cite a blog post?

Some people still tell their doctoral researchers that they can’t cite blogs. Really? Yes really. Just to start with …  of course you CAN cite blogs. The fact that all of the big citation styles – APA for instance – … Continue reading

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don’t do as I did, don’t do as I do

I really love reading about other people’s experiences of the PhD and beyond. But I don’t much like talking about my own. Well, I do sometimes talk about myself on this blog. Talking about me makes the blog a bit human. … Continue reading

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another year, another post

Patter is now six years old. This is post 694. Yep, 694. Nearly seven hundred, but not quite. Dammit, that would have been neat. 694 is an untidy number. I’ve been wondering for a few weeks now what to say … Continue reading

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blogging in the growlery

Like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens liked to invent new words. Along with flummox, abuzz, and whiz-bang, he is also often credited with ‘the growlery’, which he mentioned in passing in Bleak House. There is some debate about whether this word is … Continue reading

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milestones and millstones – my 500th post

500 posts. It feels like a bit of a milestone. I’m not sure why, as it’s not one that I’d set for myself when I started this blog in July 2011. I didn’t start to blog with my sights firmly on … Continue reading

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