Writing for patter
I really do welcome contributions to patter. I’m interested in the doctoral experience, supervision, academic writing and everyday academic life. Please email me if you’d like to talk about writing something. Im contactable at my university address – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are writing for Patter then this information may help:
- Posts are usually between 800 – 1200 words
- Patter readers are doctoral researchers, early career researchers and supervisors. They are all over the world so don’t assume that they know about your particular location or that what you experience is the same everywhere
- Posts are relatively informal and don’t usually have a lot of references. They do have hyperlinks out to relevant sites and texts
- The tone is informal, much less formal than conventional academic writing. It’s good for a blog post to have the ‘voice’ of its writer
- Posts are either about sharing information, resources, experiences or offering strategies. I don’t like one best solutions, recipes, blueprints, and self help style advice. (My own posts are very often pedagogical in intention, that is, I speak as a supervisor and someone who runs workshops and courses on academic writing and research methods)
- I like to use an image or two in each post. You can find these on Flickr Commons, Giphy or other sites where there are free to use images or GIFs. I try to make the image do some work rather than simply illustrate, and I often have a caption which reflects my sense of humour. I will find an image if you don’t have time.
- I am fond of the quirky and idiosyncratic, and I like to have some posts that are just a bit off beat.
I filter the comments on this blog. I am always interested in comments that are conversational and that add something to what I have written. I also like knowing whether posts have been of interest or useful.
I do not publish comments that are pedantic – I’m really not as fussed about grammar as some people – nor am I interested in comments that are personal, rude or combative.
I particularly loathe comments that come from commercial essay writing services – I can always tell this kind of spam. Don’t waste your time.