Mills Kelly over at edwired wonders about the health of H-Net in the Web 2.0 era. Resorting to a little number crunching, he found that traffic on three out of four lists he surveyed dropped by from 10 to 77 percent over the past three years. Sadly, that seems to fit with my own experience on the lists I have subscribed to over the past 10 years or so.
Aside from level of traffic, Kelly also notes that the content has grown quite different over the past few years as well.
Liena Vayzman is the Ann Landers of ABDs. On her new blog “Ask the Dissertation Diva”, Vayzman dispenses supportive and constructive advice to dissertation writers of all stages. While at first glance some advice seems obvious (i.e. don’t procrastinate writing till the week before your dissertation is due), Vayzman backs it up with helpful tips like “dissertate outside the home,” make a writing schedule, and maximize “short intense bursts of writing” rather than “long unproductive days.” The Dissertation Diva also advocates a holistic approach to the dissertation process, and recommends making exercise and socializing part of your writing schedule.