Why PhDs don’t write technical blogs

The first thing when I decided to write a technical blog was to see how and where my erstwhile PhD colleagues designed theirs.  But surprise, surprise not one of them have a technical blog.

Then it became obvious; anything technical could end up theoretically being a paper – even if it turns out be explaining their vim settings.  Since a paper can be published once and only once anywhere in any form, that means keeping it secret even if you itching to show it off to the world.  This itching is partly satisfied by some secret huggery-muggery at conferences over coffee.

On the other hand, every friend who’s in industry has a blog. Why? Because their companies ask them to write it to sell their product! If you see a description of a product coming from a blog, you would think it’s a reliable independent third party opinion. But no, it’s officially company made and certified.  So be wary of the opinions expressed in them.


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