Confessions of a researchaholic

October 2, 2013

Sharing experience

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 10:17 pm

I received the following question:

I just had an interesting email conversation with a PhD I don’t know in XXX University as below. I was suggested to share my experience via blogs to new graphics researchers. On one hand I think sharing my experiences may increase my impact in the research community. On the other hand I seriously doubt whether I’m qualified or senior enough to do so. Another reason I tend not to publish my experience is that I know many stronger and smarter researchers who work very hard and yet remain silent. Would you please let me know your comments?

My answer:

If someone asks your advice, it is already evidence for your qualification.

In particular, if you are my advisee and you can survive me, you should tell others how you did it.

The same (or similar) question is likely to be asked by others, so it is better to post up your answer once for all. This reduces your workload and benefits more people.
(I started blogging mainly to avoid repeating answering the same questions over and over.)

I am not sure how many advices out there are actually qualified. So do not hesitate if you think yours are even remotely so.

There is no such thing as seniority in terms of sharing. Some of the best research blogs I have seen are written by grad students, as they are in the more relevant career stage compared to more senior professors or researchers.
(My memory for my grad school days is already fuzzy, except that I spent a lot of time playing video games and my office mate was Ravi and some undergrads mistook me as his TA.)

I always want to know the secrets of those stronger and smarter researchers who remain silent.

Last but not least: I also want to read and learn from your blog!

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