Why build a website to archive your research?

I work with a lot of people who seem intrigued by this website and generally think it’s a good thing. But for those who feel like maintaining a website would be either too much work or a waste of time, I want to offer some thoughts why I think this is a valuable tool for any grad student, researcher, teacher, programmer, or professor.

I previously documented several reasons why I built this website, but here are several general reasons I think you, fellow researcher, should build a strong web presence:

I’m sure there are many more reasons in support of an academic web presence as well as some negative, but this is a start. In a separate post, I cover step-by-step how to implement a site like this one (something I am asked all the time).