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Great advice to share, read a book that provided valuable insights, want to alert others to a resource, or describe approaches that have made your life in academics more effective? Bring it to The Edge.
We aim to strategize about how to do great research, stay productive, network effectively, mentor well and be mentored, negotiate for resources, get grants, refine writing and editing, cultivate leadership skills, and achieve your goals. To jump start blog ideas, consider these domains:*
Leading & Giving Back
Classroom and other teaching
Positioning oneself for leadership
Inspiration, courage, laughs
Self-care and stress reduction
News, Information, and Opinion
Academic gifts & celebrations
Books, movies, art
History (science, medical) & history in the making
MySci stories (interviews, pointers, what I wish I had known)
News (higher ed, policy, funding trends, etc.)
Social media riffs
Targeting funding sources
Keeping research on track/process management
Presentation and posters skills
Strong inference and study design
Thriving in Academics
Budget and staff management
Career development strategy
Communications skills (general writing, email, agendas, meetings)
Negotiating & facilitation
Personal brand (social media, personal style, traits to cultivate, wardrobe)
Presence & passion
Tenure and promotion
*Ordered alphabetically, not by priority.
Before you post, check out our guidelines. Posts that don’t follow the guidelines may be removed by a moderator.
If you haven’t already, create a profile. You have to have one to post.
Next, click +New Post at the top of any window. This takes you to our post entry form.
Choose a snazzy, attention-grabbing title.
Write your text. There’s no length limit, but we recommend not writing novels. If you want to add some formatting, you can use the tool bar. Hover over any of the images for a tooltip that tells you what they do. You can make text bold or italic, create numbered and unnumbered lists, change text colors, and add links.
Got pictures? Great! Click on Add Media to upload pictures or other media (such as PDFs, Word documents, sound files) to include in your post.
Pictures usually default to a medium size; if you want them bigger or smaller, click the dropdown next to Size in the lower right corner. You can also align the picture around your text using Alignment, and even give it a caption or link it somewhere else. When you’re done, click Insert into Post.
(Don’t like where it inserted? You can just click and drag it to where you want it to go.)
When you’re done writing your post, choose some categories for it. Categories are like tags or keywords. If a visitor to the site sorts on a category you pick, your post will show up as belonging to that category. Not seeing a category that fits your post? At the bottom of the list, you can request a new category.
By default, the first 140 characters of your post is your excerpt, or the text that appears on the feed. If you want, you can change the excerpt (for example, to a summary or a question). We recommend doing that if the point of your post isn’t immediately clear in the first sentence.
Did you subscribe to editions? Awesome. You can now Select an Edition to post to. If you want it to remain viewable only to other followers of that edition, check the box next to This Edition Only.
The Featured Image appears in the main feed. You can choose one of the default images (a moderator may change it to something more interesting for you) or load one of your own. If you want to upload an image, you’ll need to check the box for “This image is in the public domain, I own the copyright, or I have permission to use it.” (For example, you took the photo or bought it from a stock photography site.) If applicable, fill in the Image Creator and/or Image Source fields. Images must be at least 600×420 pixels or the site will give you an error message.
At the bottom, you have options. If you want to make sure you don’t have any typos, click Preview to see how your post will look on the site. Want to make more revisions, but don’t have time? Click Save as Draft. When you’re ready to let it fly, click Publish Post. You can always edit it later. [Note: We have temporarily instituted moderation to protect from excessive spam. You can no longer publish a post, but you can click Save as Draft and a moderator will release it to the site within 48 hours.]
To find your saved drafts or edit published posts, hover over your user name and profile image at the top of any page until you see a dropdown containing My Posts. Click there.
On the My Posts page, you can view, edit, and publish your drafts. You can also edit your published posts. Need to delete one? Use trash.
Still got questions? Comment to ask. We hope you enjoy posting on Edge for Scholars!