Thing Catch-Up Part 2…

#Thing 7

Still deciding which reference software works best for me. Currently using a combination of EndNote and simply footnoting everything and sorting it out later…

#Thing 8

As a lawyer, I fret about copyright quite a bit and this Thing has been really interesting. Creative Commons licences are a really useful way to determine what can and can’t be used; particularly when preparing presentations rather than chapters…

 

Thing Catch-Up Part 1…

#Things4, 5 & 6. Slowly emerging from the Chaos of Christmas, I have searched for myself online and found that adding ‘law’ after my name produces the most effective results. I am not a prolific user of social media and so was rather relieved that the search revealed a primarily work-related persona!! That said, I couldn’t actually get the ‘social mention’ site to load without errors so perhaps my social side is still lurking somewhere in the ether awaiting discovery…

I do have a LinkedIn profile and a Twitter handle. I could – and perhaps should – tweet more rather than simply lurking on Twitter. I do sometimes post or re-tweet things which are particularly relevant to my practice area or participate in conversations that seem interesting. The trouble is, I can’t help picturing a scene from an episode of Dr Who where people have been sucked into television sets and are crying out desperately to a world which cannot – or does not want to – hear them. If I am writing a detailed and well-argued article, I feel that I am addressing ‘A Reader’ (Jane Austen was on to something with her letter approach to writing!!) and a particular audience. Tweets, in contrast, are short, pithy and open to interpretation by – well – anyone with access to the internet. They are like bait at the end of a fishing rod and you have no idea whether they will attract a fish or a troll; or indeed whether they will simply rot in the water…

 

 

Thing 1

So, this blog begins with a journey through the ’23 Things’ course set up by the Research Development Programme at the University of Surrey. I am looking forward to finding out how to use social media more effectively (hopefully, without making a total fool of myself or creating an digital footprint based on embarrassment…!).