>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?