The Oatmeal gives better advice to PhD students than I do

Ok, so The Oatmeal is brilliant, and quite a bit about what you need to know about being a scholar is very similar to everything he says about being a creative in general:

a) Word to the part about open access internet journals and respectability

b) Word, particularly, about learning to manage when and how you get comments on your ideas.

Go read it, and stay out of the tornado.