Blogging is a great way of publishing. I am aware that two of my students have blogs, in which they report on their progress of their PhD work and their activities related to it:
Monika Andergassen's work is about blogging and its use in learning and teaching context.
Johannes Christian's work is about Augmented Reality in an industrial environment.
It is a great idea to publish such a blog: it can be used to link to the international research community, and also to update the supervisor about project progress.
In order to view these blogs conveniently, I have installed a Yahoo Blog widget: First I needed to install the Yahoo Widget Manager, which makes widgets available on the desktop of my computer. Then I installed the Multi RSS Feed Widget by Matt Heidenreich - this allows to have the feeds on the desktop being automatically displayed.
One problem I noticed with this: the date of the blog post somehow gets deleted when I click on individual posts. This is ok when going directly to the blog page, but when looking at the posts through the widget, there is no date shown.
But otherwise, this widget works, and now I can see at a glance what is going on.
I would recommend this type of interaction between students and supervisors who are working at a distance. This method allows to stay in contact and up-to-date, even across different time zones. I will recommend it to all students in whose supervision I am involved.