Purpose & Objective
For some, an academic website is meant to highlight your scholarship/research, teaching, a site to house your CV, etc. For others, the website is a place to share resources, reflect on lessons learned, and create a community. The website can be both. They can be neither. They can be along the spectrum. Here are some general categories I've noticed:
Platforms & User Design
Websites need to be easy to use. There are whole fields dedicated to "user design." And I think this makes sense on both ends: easy for your audience/readers, easy for you as the creator. Here are some of the platforms that are not coding (i.e. building) from scratch:
If you're wanting to get started on an academic website, I'd also recommend this tutorial from "You on the Market,"
As an aside...
How the question of... "Should I Blog" on my website?... became a transition to Katherine's Story Corner (ha!) on how I created this website and it's evolution:
Again, I don't think there's a clear-cut right or wrong way to blog for websites. However, I do think that this has to do with perspectives. For me, the idea of this website came from the desire to create what I would have wanted, which meant two things: (1) resources to navigate, and (2) narratives in navigation.
I have so dearly appreciated blogs like Dr. Betina Hseih's that have helped humanize the academic journey for me. I wanted to create this too. And so I did. From there, the first "static" page (compared to a blog format) was "Due Dates." Over the past years, I had been making this system for myself and realized I should just share the wealth. After all, better conference submissions would (hopefully) lead to better conference programming and more learning. That extended to journals, submissions, fellowships, etc. With these due dates, came the tips I wanted to share— now affectionately named "Me-Sourced" (this page). By then, I had already been bullet journaling, and with several friends asking if I could sell a writing/productivity planner, I decided to digitize my favorite templates. The last section (as of now) is one I'm still figuring out, where I wanted to credit the people, the sites, the bookmarks of where I learn my information— my sources, if you will. And that's how the "Out-Sourced" section was born.
But to go back to the question of "should I blog," I think this is more of a question of "how personal do I want to be in the public"? And that is something I've reflected on quite a bit and the necessity to have some boundaries. For example, my blog includes my Spotify playlist of music for when I'm writing, but I don't see myself including a photo album of my life any time soon. But if you do, I think it is wonderful.
As a fun aside, for those of you who might not know, my father is also a faculty member and has a website as well. Clearly the apple doesn't fall far from the tree (check out his resources page), haha!
This page includes tips, advice, and ideas put together by yours truly (hence the "me"). For more, check out "OUT-SOURCED" for curated resources that I find helpful, or scroll down for my WRITING BOOKSHELF. If you're looking for guides, check out TEMPLATES.
Writing is a craft. To sharpen mine, I read a fair amount of books, articles, excerpts, and more. At least for the books, here are some I've enjoyed.
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