Every now and again, twitter can be the source of pure comedy gold. This happens to be precisely what happened yesterday with the #overlyhonestmethods hashtag. I have no idea who initiated this trend, or why, but it’s seen the a huge number of the (frankly rather sizeable) community of scientists on twitter sharing hilarious gems of what actually goes on behind the scenes in academia.

I’m not sure how many of these tweets are actual anecdotes and how many are pure sarcasm, but they’ve provided endless entertainment! At least one nice little collection of said tweets exists already, but here are some of my own favourites…

As may be fairly obvious here, we all love our peer reviewers.

Given the somewhat ephemeral nature of twitter, tweets will be probably only be directly searchable under #overlyhonestmethods for a few days. Though if you find any which stood out for you, please feel free to link to them in the comments here – or even share your own, if you aren’t on twitter yourself!

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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5 Responses to #OverlyHonestMethods

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  2. Sheila says:

    Howdy! I understand this is kind of off-topic but I needed to ask.
    Does running a well-established blog such as yours take a lot of work?
    I am brand new to operating a blog however I do write in my journal daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can share my own experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

    • invaderxan says:

      Oh, no problem. Actually, I’m slightly flattered that you’d ask me!

      Keeping a blog doesn’t really take work so much as perseverance. Keeping a journal, you’re already used to the habit of writing, so that’s half your battle won already. I think I’d summarise my three biggest pieces of advice for any aspiring blogger as follows:

      Be persistent
      It will take months to build up an audience. Don’t be discouraged, and keep writing come what may. Your first few months may feel rather lonely, but that’s perfectly normal. Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in a day.

      Find your Voice
      Your voice is basically a collection of your style, opinions, sense of humour, and so on. The bits which make your writing personal and characteristic to you, and unlike anyone else. This is why people are reading your blog specifically. If people want dry presentation of facts, they’ll read a news website. Make it personal. Find out what makes you shine.

      A huge part of blogging is the social side. Read other peoples’ blogs. If someone writes an entry which interests you, comment on it – and include a link so they get a pingback and know that you’ve added to their commentary. Leave comments in other blogs. Participate in discussions. And if you don’t already, strongly consider starting an account on a social media site like Twitter or Google+. Myself, I promote all of my posts everywhere on Twitter – and it accounts for the majority of my hits and often over half of the discussion on any given post.

      Good luck. I hope it goes well!
      Oh, and feel free to keep in touch. I’m always happy to offer advice! :)

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