Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ten great blogs for PhD students

Since I started reading blogs at 6 months into my PhD program, I've gained some valuable insights from my favorite blogs.
An exhaustive list would only lure you into getting more clutter into your information stream - so here are my 10 favorites (in no particular order)

1. Happy Science
Cheek-in-tongue blog on science, social media, and pharma-research. If the thought of seeing your make-up under a microscope makes you giggle, don't hesitate and head to Happy Science.

2. Peoplegogy
This blog reads like a magazine, with a wide range of topics that I enjoy reading very much. You particularly might like the "Doctoral Confessions" series.

3. The Dutch PhD Coach
I was planning to drop the link to Arjenne's "Louter Promoveren" blog in Dutch when I discovered there is now an English offspring too. Great content - these articles might as well come from a book with advice on the PhD process.

4. Only a model
A website and blog by a fellow PhD student in Structural Engineering. Interesting posts on finite element modeling, workflow processes and academic teaching.

5. Dr Sustainable
Only about a month old, this blog has managed to provide some great content and a lively forum with comments. I have high expectations of seeing more interesting content coming up here.

6. Get a life, PhD
Combining a career in academia with a family, and still finding time for yourself? I enjoy reading this blog while wondering how my future self will relate to these issues.

7. Gradhacker
Life- and studyhacking for graduate students - with contributions from a large authorship.

8. Matt Might's blog
While the computer science in there is all Greek to me, the articles on graduate school and productivity are very much worth reading.

9. PhD2Published
With a wealth of wisdom on academic writing in its archives, this blog also provides a Weekly Wisdom sections on Everything You Wanted to Know in Academia.

10. Thesis Whisperer
We don't need to introduce this one, right?


  1. Hi, nice list! some good additions to my reader. I'm fairly new to blogging as I'm a first year PhD student in child development/genetics and thought I would post on some of the things I learn along the way. It's probably not classed as one of the great blogs but feel free to check it out at:

  2. Thanks for pointing me to your blog, Joanna!

  3. Eva,

    Thanks for including my blog. I am humbled. I am always surprised that people actually read my blog, especially since my blog features such a "buffet" of content.

    Thanks again,


  4. ooh thanks for the inclusion Eva!!

  5. Apart from my own blog Next Scientist, which I think is awesome, I have compiled a list with great science blogs, some of which we share.

  6. Thanks for sharing your links, Julio!

  7. Thanks for these useful links:)

  8. Also checkout

  9. I love reading PhD blogs especially the first blog site hosted by a certain Happysci, Happy Science. And it's good to know that she just finished her PhD. Me? I'm just starting so it will still be a long way but I'll enjoy my time.

  10. Here is one on how to save money while doing a PhD:

  11. New, and I mean NEW to blogging--still figuring out new. I'm also a new doctoral student--just started this month. I'd like so share my blog with others in the Education arena--I'm in education and don't want to bore anybody with the inside scoop on an education doctoral journey. If possible, post the reply, and I'll follow directions. Thanks.

    1. Would you be interested in writing a guest post for PhD Talk on your doctoral journey?

  12. Great post... I am fairly new to blogging as well, I began last month and find it amazing the impact a simple blog can have and the experience you gain from it.

    1. I have developed a simulator in ns-2 for heterogeneous mobile and wireless networks that makes vertical handovers between wlan, wimax, umts according vertical handover decision algorithms.
      If some PhD student in the beginning phase is interested to research in this area this simulator is excellent for getting results and simulate different scenarios.
      Write me on for any help.

  13. Enjoyed this, thanks. Shameless plug - I have just started a blog on my recent transition from research to industry. Maybe I'll make your next top ten!