Why I can’t stand twitter

As a blogger, the common wisdom says that I should use twitter. I’ve tried… but I just can’t stand it. Supposedly, it helps you build a network and engage with an audience, but the quality of that engagement is unspeakably poor. Recently, I’ve been trying to respond to tweets that mention me, but I’m often […]

How to prepare for your thesis defence

Defending your thesis can be an intensely nerve-wracking experience. How can you best prepare to face your examiners? Know the format of your thesis defence The format of the defence varies from country to country. Having studied in the UK, my viva-voce defence was essentially an interview with one internal and one external examiner. In […]

Why most writing advice does not work


There is a huge amount of writing advice available for PhD students. There are countless books and blogs and writing coaches doing their best to help, and a lot of the advice is fairly similar. Write every day, from the start of your PhD Don’t think too much, just get words down on the page […]