It astounds me every time I hear about a scientist who is reluctant to place her or his track record on the internet. Now, I may be a little over-the-top when it comes to my own web-presence (some have labelled me a ‘media tart’, but I don’t mind), but I am convinced that without a strong, regularly updated web presence, you’re doing yourself a horrible disservice.
Let’s go through the regularly raised objections that some academics make for avoiding the investment in a strong web presence:
- My employer will get angry
- My track record isn’t good enough (i.e., I’m embarrassed)
- What I do is no one else’s business
- I couldn’t be bothered; it’s too much work
- No one reads it anyway
While there might be some truth to items 1 & 2 (although the justification is weak or often plainly untrue), the last three are pure bullshit.
Let’s start by analysing the bullshit (rolls up sleeves, starts digging…).