Blog guidance

If you don’t know how to blog about your research, here are some topic templates and questions that you can answer in your blog.

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Research Blog: 

  1. How do you describe what you do to someone from outside your field? 
  2. What is it that excites you about your research?
  3. How is what you research different from what came before? 
  4. What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened during your research so far? 
  5. What’s the next big thing coming from your research field? 
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Recent published paper blog: 

  1. What’s the exciting result from your paper? 
  2. How did the idea come about in the first place? 
  3. How is the paper different from what had been published before? 
  4. Who did you collaborate with, and why? 
  5. What’s the next paper you have planned? Will it be similar to this work or different? 
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Research Life:

  1. Why did you pick a career in research? 
  2. Where did you work or study before Aalto? 
  3. What non-work related activities do you do?  
  4. What does a typical day look like for you? 
  5. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done as a researcher? 
  6. What do you plan to do next? 
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Research trip:  

  1. Where did you go, and how long for? 
  2. Why did you visit them, what did you do there? 
  3. How did you know the collaborators you visited? 
  4. Will there be another trip, either back to their facilities or the collaborators visiting ours? 
  5. What did you get up that wasn’t work related on the trip? 
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Conference trip: 

  1. Where was the conference, have you been before? 
  2. Briefly, what was the work you were presenting, was it a poster or presentation? 
  3. What was the best question you got asked? 
  4. What were the best talks/posters you saw? 
  5. Did you meet any potential collaborators, will any new work come from the conference? 
  6. What did you get up to on the trip that wasn’t the conference?

Other sections 

Introductions 

A short sentence or two that sums up the whole blog and can entice the reader to want to read the whole article.  

Speaker Bio 

A couple of sentences that explain who you are and what your expertise is. Should be lighthearted and non-technical.  

Media 

Images 

A picture helps break up a text and is an essential part of a webpage. They are also prominent in social media links of articles. What constitutes a good image will depend very much on the post, but it should be  

  1. Relevant 
  2. Engaging 
  3. Compliant with the blog policy 
  4. Something you own the copyright for 

In terms of aspect ratio, something that is 2:1 will work well as social media previews of URLs. Resolution should be as high as possible. File size should be no larger than 5 mb. 

Video 

A video at the top of the page is also an engaging way to open a blog post, and should be used in place of an image. This can work particularly well if you have video of research results. 

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