Is there any good reason not for me to put semiformal publications on my website?
I have all my published works under publications (well actually just in a list on my front page, but it should be apparent that they are publications. It also has my PhD project proposal, because that is a formal document.
Contrasting this, sometime I find myself producing less formal documents.
For example, after I was given access to some expensive software under a free license, on of the parties involved in negotiating, requested that I do a "short case study, once I have preliminary results." So I have this, a document that took me a few hours to write up, and which I think is quiet nice. Its not a formal document and is more approachable to people outside my field, than any paper I would write.
I also sometimes find myself writing some very detailed notes, perhaps a mathematical, or a metaphorical description of something i need to explain to my supervisors.
It seems a bit of a waste to let these just collect dust after just a few people have seen them. But they are not generally worthy of publication. I feel like they might be interesting to others.
I thought perhaps I could make part of my website labeled "Non-publications", and put the pdfs there.
What would the cons/risks be?
So far my main concern that I have thought is that it might make me look bad by making available, less than perfect work. Some of these may lack suitable referencing for example.
I expect the pitfalls would in someway be similar to academic blogging. But perhaps different, as a blog post is a very well-known format, and are written for the audience that reads them. Where as I'm talking about documents that are presented without context. Google will still find them. Google scholar will (based on past experience) find them and attempt to affiliate them to me.