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 Dr Laura Monk

I am a researcher and counselling tutor based at University of Nottingham. My doctoral research investigated how to improve professionals' responses to mothers who become separated from their children. I developed a training workshop for the professionals who mothers come into contact with - largely at the intersection of health and social care, the family courts and domestic abuse services. I am also a counsellor and psychotherapist and offer feminist therapy for survivors of domestic abuse - especially coercive control. I am a Women's Aid domestic violence prevention advocate.
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