The International Network on Critical Gerontology is always looking for new contributions from scholars and students across various disciplines. This post provides 5 tips for writing a blog post for INCG. If you are interested in contributing a blog post, please email Emily Sully at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Amanda Grenier at Grenier@mcmaster.ca.
1. Start off by broadly introducing your topic
Use a few sentences to broadly talk about your topic and demonstrate the issue at hand and why it is important. Try to capture the attention of the readers with an interesting introduction to your topic.
Example from INCG Blog Post by Christine Kelly: Dressing, personal care and eating are the stuff of everyday life. These activities are so essential that disability activists and scholars argue receiving help with these tasks should be seen as a fundamental right. This perspective resonates with critical gerontologists’ work related to the availability and quality of home care and long-term care for the aging population. Yet, disability perspectives also argue that such help should not be framed as being ‘cared for.’ Care, they argue, is patronizing, denies autonomy and locates disability solely as an individualized, medical issue. This rejection of care certainly disrupts dominant policy and gerontology discourses that circulate around care.
2. Now talk about your research
Briefly discuss your recent publication topic, research questions and methods. Then, in roughly a paragraph, discuss your main findings, tell us why they are important and what they mean. Feel free to use any relevant photos, charts, etc. from your publication (but don’t use an overwhelming amount!). You are encouraged to use hyperlinks for any studies discussed in your blog post.
3. Conclude with future directions
You may want to conclude your blog post with ideas for future directions in research and what questions need to be addressed. You can identify unanswered questions from your research, or discuss how your research has led you to identify gaps in the literature that should be focused on.
4. Include a mini biography
We ask that you please send us a photo of yourself for us to include with your blog post, along with a brief biography that can identify where you work, your research interests and include links to recent publications. You may also want to include here your Twitter handle or any other social media outlets you have.
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