Jorge Cham runs the almighty Piled Higher and Deeper online comic strip…
It’s been a long time since I had a good chat with my academic advisor / blogologist, Alex Halavais. Last Friday, he made it a point to check in on my progress via Skype and we laid down a few milestones to hit this Summer and Fall. Besides trading juicy gossips, we agreed that sharing research ideas online might be an idea worth experimenting with. Some grad students do that through dissertation blogs, but I am going to mix it in right here with everything else.
Here’s why we think it’s a good idea:
1. Combines things I already like to do (blogging + research).
2. Makes my thoughts really actionable (even you can give me feedback).
3. Motivates since the PhD process becomes transparent (kick me when I slack!)
Here’s why we think it’s a bad idea:
1. Ideas get stolen
2. Ideas get stolen
3. Ideas get stolen
I’ve said it three times since it will likely be that bad. Typically, the first to market wins. Still, I’m pushing ahead with this because it is my personal challenge to work fast. Starting this week, you’ll see my new personal series entitled “PhD or Die Trying” where I’ll be pushing myself to mentally and physically to get two qualifying papers defended, the dissertation proposal done, and
hopefully finally, my actual dissertation writing.
It’ll be an arduous journey and you’ll be exposed to a lot of brainstorms (i.e. unrefined, horrible ideas), but it’s very real and will hopefully be as entertaining as reality tv.
Barf bag anyone?