Wednesday, 1 December 2010

loving #phdchat

Ok, I'm tired out - and that's saying something for the master of being busy. I've just been taking part in the weekly #phdchat on twitter and it's been a revelation. Twitter, I've found, is an important part of my Phd process as it gives me my own research community of diverse individuals. Tonight we discussed doing a literature review and I've loved the suggestions, links, connections and - well, sense of genuine community. Of course 99% of my work is isolated, but that other 1% is much needed. The more I go on the more I realise I just need to be confident in ploughing my path, as no one is doing the exact same thing (he says hoping). 

 One of the functions of conversations on twitter is they give you an informal reference point. You get to check if your understandings stand up (they did, but then the group is kind) and you get to push out the boundaries of your understanding. Following a rapid online conversation helps get your mind into creative mode: you need to make multiple connections and follow multiple threads, so your brain is helped to that state. I'd like to think that will pay dividends over the next few days thinking wise. 

 Sorry about the short post. Work is very busy and I'm paddling hard to stay on top! Thanks for visiting: it's so encouraging.