Hello, welcome, and thanks for stopping in! 😀
This blog began as my DESPERATE attempt to practice at writing anything. I signed up for graduate school as writing-phobic math-o-phile. Yeah, I know: What was I thinking!
Well, actually, I was thinking that I could learn to write during graduate school, and I was thinking “better late than never!”
As I’ve gained more writing skills, confidence, and know-how, this blog has morphed into a place where I muse about writing methodology, academic writing methodology, and the psychology of writing at the post-graduate level.
As of late 2013, here is my vision for this blog:
The Blossoming-Fledgling Researcher exists to provide a highly informative yet informal and fun(ny) environment where visitors and co-authors can post positively, honestly, and anonymously (if so desired) to share what only those just ahead of us — fellow travelers or recent graduates — can.
Books, websites, research tools, admonitions, sayings, thoughts, ideas, attitudes, beliefs, quotes, schedules, videos, humor . . . what-have you. Whatever the BEST HELPS have been, the co-authors and ultimately you as visitors (via comments) will share.
FOR INSTANCE: How do you capture and organize your ideas and your thinking–so that you don’t end up going in circles, losing GREAT ideas, etc? Check out this blog’s “Starting & Staying Organized” page to view some people’s methods and to post a comment to share how you do so (or plan to do so).
Please feel free to follow us or stop by periodically. This blog is informal, organic, and collaborative and thus will continuously evolve. Each month there will be more and more to glean, see, or be inspired yourself to share!
For a more FORMAL environment created by researchers who are not fledgling ;), you might enjoy http://thethesiswhisperer.wordpress.com.
For a more DYNAMIC and INTERACTIVE environment, you might enjoy http://www.phinished.org.
NOTE: The flower in the image above is a Bird-In-Paradise flower, by the way. This bird-flower/flower-bird is beautiful and makes its home in paradise. Inspirational for blossoming-fledgling researchers everywhere, don’t you think? Please check out this blog’s FIRST POST to learn more about why we selected The Bird-In-Paradise as our defining image.
Why This Blog
What I’ve discovered in my own journey is this: The process of becoming-being a researcher requires both acquiring a whole new language/vocabulary and learning how to USE the new language . . . both at once, really.
YEESH, that’s a tall order, and YEESH how hard-won is every bit of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE gained along the way! I am just starting to come into my own. It’s taken a while for me to get to this place, and I almost didn’t make it. I almost thought I COULDN’T make it, no matter what I did.
It’s taken much work and a lot of love and encouragement from family, friends, and peers for me to “get to the other side,” so to speak. There’s just no way I can feel comfortable “sitting on” that encouragement and information and not sharing it with others. And because I recognize the one perspective won’t cut it, I’ve invited a host of co-authors to share their perspectives, encouragement, and words of wisdom. Some of them JUST graduated and are holding new positions as professors. Some are about to defend! They come from different disciplines and experiences, but all have the heart and aim to extend a hand and share what they now know so that perhaps a new might travel a better path because they shared.
I just firmly believe:
Sometimes it’s the small things that matter . . . a small WORD that helps . . . that pulls a person through. This blog just might be, for some random visitor, that “small thing” that keeps him or her from seeing himself/herself as an imposter researcher and academician and from counting him/herself out.
May this blog and its content only bless!
I look forward to your questions, comments, and participation. Please let us know if there is a topic that you would like addressed at this blog. I will do my best to seek out a colleague in-the-know about it who can suggest a resource or has a word of advice. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So glad you stopped by, and may the remainder of your day be what you need . . .
Mickey (blog jump-starter)