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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

boundaries between popular and professional publication became far more disciplined (Knight, 2006 ). Researchers were now being called upon to have other skills, including a greater propensity for working collaboratively amongst colleagues and to generate funding as research became more and more expensive (Knight, 2006 ), restricting opportunities for wider public pursuits. As professional publications became more specialised, other mediatory writing styles began to emerge, for example science fiction (Knight, 2006 ). Beyond fiction, specialisation called on authors to

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

make you feel under pressure and disappoint readers.’ And don’t forget to reply to comments that people post on your blog. ‘This can be time consuming, but it is an important part of blogging as it adds an element of interaction,’ Alan believes. Alan thinks that blogging can fill a range of public engagement roles. Some of his posts focus specifically on his research, new papers or talks he is giving, but he also blogs about topical issues in robotics, such as philosophical issues, ethics and science fiction. ‘These posts are not directly linked to my

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