>OK, one more warning to update your RSS feed! I've put up another tidbit over @ LabSpaces!!
Archive for: August, 2010
>In case some of you haven't changed over your RSS feed yet, here's an update: yesterday I posted my blog-autobiography over at my LabSpaces site. Enjoy!
>I know, I just got here! But, I've decided to head over to LabSpaces. Yes, I was thinking out loud on that last post. I have decided that I might actually have something useful to say. So please, follow me over that way. I have really appreciated how welcoming everyone has been as I start up on the blogosphere and also in my new TT gig. Talk to you soon!
>While I was out of town for vacation/conference, a lot of stuff happened on the blogosphere. New collectives at Sciencetopia and LabSpaces took off. The re-org not only took care of the exodus from Sb, but also picked up a whole lot of independent talent in its wake. I won't list names because I will inevitably miss some, but there are A LOT! This whole re-org got me thinking about how I feel about community on the blogosphere. I'm not so jaded as K8 at Academic Ecology wondering if this is an internet clique (I can't find this link anymore-did I dream it?). In fact, I think that there could be some really great things that would go along with being in one of these groups. On the other hand, I hope that this doesn't leave the independent-minded folks feeling like the last fat kid picked for kickball. Someone else (please remind me who said this! I can't find it anymore) made that analogy and it sort of cracked me up. OK, I admit. Coffee came out of my nose. If you are wondering, that is not pleasant.
But I digress. In a sort-of-related event, GMP got bored after a cannon-ball like splash onto the scene and left blogging, fully dismantling her blog. There was something of a manifesto posted as a farewell. Then there was nothing but BSOD. Until, after a few days, GMP made up with the internet and started up at a new space. I won't link to her new place, as she mentions wanting to toil in obscurity, at least for a while. I think it may be good in the long run that she came back. I like the idea of her ditching the preachy persona because I think that she could have some interesting things to say.
SO, on one hand there is a massive flocculating in the blogosphere. (side note: I LOVED this ref--but now I can't remember who said it. Please help me remember so that I can give appropriate credit). On the other hand, folks are trying to find a dark corner to hide in. I know, on the internet. Whatever. Together, these two happenings got me to thinking: what the hell am I doing here? I started blogging not to long ago. I can't even remember what my motivation was, but I suspect that it was largely fear-based. I'm just starting out on the tt, which is scary and a little lonely. I have found that there are some great people out here. And I get good advice from people that I KNOW do not have hidden agendas. This has been, I think, really valuable as I start out on the tenure track. Now I'm thinking that maybe I have something to contribute, too. I don't know. I certainly have a lot on my plate right now.
Anwho, I have clearly descended into navel-gazing. If anyone is listening, what do you think of the obscurity-community continuum?
>I made it back, and nothing went horribly wrong while I was gone. In fact, I think it was a great success. The folks in my lab seem to be feeling more confident and even got some things done while I was gone! I think that we are approaching the stage where the folks in lab can repeat the basic experiments that I was doing and get the same answers. I consider this a great success. I have also added my third lab peep. This person is less of a newbie and I think will really be a great help with training the younger folks that are in my lab. I feel really good about the whole situation. Hooray!
AND, I had a super time at my conference. I really like conferences. On one hand it is a bummer to be away from the kiddo (though she is getting awfully good at Skype for a toddler). On the other hand, it is just SO FUN! I caught up with friend/colleagues that are in the process of starting up their lab. Commiserating and comparing notes about what we are all doing was great. I picked the brain of the people around that were a year or two further along, and got a lot of really useful advice and perspective. Also, there was beer. Yum. And a lot of great science. Which was fun, because I have been feeling a little isolated in my new home. It was fun to talk to people about experiments and not have to explain the basics. I'm sure that my new colleagues will get more familiar with my field, but right now it is a little lonely. Also, many of my conversations are with the new trainees in my lab.
All in all, I would say that I am feeling re-energized by the conference. That should get me through the next round of grant writing. Woo Hoo!!!