Blogging 101 Introduction

Hi, I’m Laura and I live in the UK. I’m a 2nd year PhD researcher conducting a community based action research project. I’m planning a training programme for professionals responding to mothers who have become, or are at risk of becoming, separated from their children in a context of violence and abuse.

I’ve been inspired to keep a research blog by a blogger called Pat Thomson, @patter, whose blog about PhD research and academic writing has had me meaning to start a blog for nearly a year now. Pat’s recent post on the pros and cons of a research blog finally convinced me to start blogging – so here I am.

I am planning on using this blog to reflect on my research. I’m blogging publicly, rather than only keeping a journal, in order to collect opinions and data, and to share ideas. I will be writing about all aspects of my research, including important events such as conferences and planning meetings. Writing about my research includes autoethnography as I am also part of the community that I am researching.

I was very pleased to see that the launch of my blog was swiftly followed by Blogging 101 because I saw this opportunity come and go before when I had no blog. I am very happy to be taking part this time and look forward to the challenges. I would love to connect with academics, practitioners and mothers apart who might be interested in my research.

About laurammonk

Laura Monk is a researcher-practitioner studying for a PhD in psychology at Coventry University. Her research is focussed on addressing the needs of mothers who become separated from their children by training the professionals that respond to them. Laura is also a counsellor and psychotherapists who works with survivors of domestic abuse and is a Women's Aid domestic violence prevention advocate.
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