On the second Tuesday of each month therapists who blog to write about recent research that applies to their therapy practice.
I started Research Tuesday for three reasons:
- Increase accountability for those wishing to read and write about recent research. Reading research isn’t easy. Being apart of a community that values research and expects you to blog about it fosters accountability to the community. Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing.
- Expose readers to recent research through blogs. I envision therapists reading blogs and filing the information away. Then a few weeks or months later a client relating to a Research Tuesday post comes along. Then the therapist reads the journal article in order to improve patient care.
- Start conversations regarding recent research. Many people need to talk about research or write about it in order to really process how it might be applicable to their caseload and practice. I have seen many conversations on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter after a Research Tuesday post. This is a great way for people who do not blog to get involved with Research Tuesday.
Research Tuesday isn’t for the passive blog reader; it’s for the reader who wants to participate. Here is how you can get involved:
- Join Twitter and follow #ResearchTues. You can use Warble.co to set up alerts for #ResearchTues. You can find Gray Matter Therapy on Twitter too. There will be an informal Tweet chat about the blog posts on the evening of Research Tuesday.
- Follow the blogs that pertain to your practice. I use Feedly to follow blogs, or subscribe to blogger’s newsletters.
- And here’s the important part: Join the conversation. Respond to Tweets, Facebook posts, and blog posts. Talking about recent research is what will have the greatest impact on your clinical practice. Very seldom do I read research that is 100% directly applicable to patients I see. It is only through critical thinking and conversation that I am able to fully understand the clinical implications.
Participating bloggers should blog about research at least every other month. Here are some guidelines to get you started.
- Select recent research articles – in the last 5 years or so.
- Some of us blog for fellow therapists. Others blog for families. The key is to blog about the research article in a way that is beneficial to your audience.
- Schedule your blog post to be published on the second Tuesday of the month. Need instructions on scheduling a blog post? Check out this great page explaining how to schedule a blog post with WordPress.
- If you want to add a graphic to your blog post (which will increase the click rate on Facebook and Pinterest) feel free to use the Research Tuesday graphic I created. Download the large or narrow image.
- Share your blog post on Twitter using the hashtag #ResearchTues.
- And don’t forget to join the conversation as a reader!