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Welcome new readers!

It’s very exciting to have so many new readers after being featured on The Times Higher Education Blog If you are new here, welcome! And if you have been around for a while, thanks for being along for the journey.

This blog is mostly aimed at people working towards doctoral theses, but anyone studying or writing or researching will probably find something for them. 

If you’re just getting started, I recommend:

What is this Voodoo?
In which the mission to give you the inside scoop is revealed.

The Perfect Sentence and How to Avoid it
In which I introduce the magical Writing Cycle.

Why Procrastination is the Least of your Problems
In which I describe the wondrous rule of 80% excellence.

Not Defending Twitter & the Academic Purity Cult
In which I defend hottie memes against the life of the mind. 

Sounds and silence and headspace
Featured on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed blog.

and

Live blogging the article–The Holiday Edition
In which my attempt to learn in public involves failing in public. 

If that’s not enough for you, the Greatest Hits page gives you more!

One of the best things about this blog is the incredibly thoughtful comments that readers contribute. So do feel free to share your insights, experiences and questions!

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