I have recently been wondering whether blogging about science is seen as a good or bad thing in grad school (and in the business world). I try to publish articles that I not only wouldn’t mind a potential adviser or boss seeing, but would be proud to show off. I have even thought about including a link to the blog in my curriculum vitae.
However, I am still on the fence about the issue. Currently, I have not even published my name on the blog, although I have shared it with friends, family, and coworkers. I need more information on what the results of going public will be.
I intend to continue publishing news, issues, fun experiments, and some of my daily experiences with science. I don’t intend on ever publishing anything confidential or anything that would cause those I work with to be chagrined. I keep any of my baseless opinions to a minimum.
But I really don’t know what to do.
I would appreciate your advice on this issue! If you are a student blogger, have you talked to any of your professors about blogging or shown them your blog? If you have, do they view it as a good thing because you are involved in spreading science awareness and participating in science (or literature or gaming or history) outreach or a bad thing because you could easily spill beans that ought not to be spilled?
If you are a boss or professor, what do you think? Would you want a student or employee blogging publicly?