Saturday, August 7, 2010

Jungle Juggle

Okay, I am refreshed and ready to be told I am full of shit.

I actually missed blogging these few days that the blog was down.
I did pester people as a commenter, so that took the edge off.

In the meantime, I thought about whether I would blog again and, if so, what I needed to do differently so I would not get sick of it, throw a hissy fit and quit again, only to come back to it a few days later.

So here are some of the things I realized:

I feel that the advice-giving GMP persona was stifling me. I am not that old or that wise or that stuffy, and I don't like to take myself as seriously as it came across in most of my early posts. And I really, really dislike people who take themselves too seriously, so I really, really disliked myself on the blog.

I would like to discuss personal issues a bit more. I enjoy blogs that freely mix personal and academic and allow the reader to get to know the blogger. I have found I enjoy those blogs where I feel like the blogger and I share common messy human experiences, while fully embracing all the messiness. So I would like to speak more about my experiences as a prof, mom, geek, woman, bystander, tax payer... You get the idea.

Also, I am happy in relative obscurity. Taking down the blog for a few days is probably enough for a whole bunch of people to forget about me and remove me from their blogrolls. I am also moving to a new URL (I know, I know, I was bitching and moaning in the previous post about people moving -- I am a total hypocrite); this will hopefully contribute to obscurity. In the future, I will be drastically more careful about where I comment with a backlink to my place. My new place is, obvioulsy, here -- at http://academic-jungle.blogspot.com/ -- and called Academic Jungle, as before. I didn't want to change the pseudonym or the blog title because I actually want to own my old posts -- I am proud of most of them. Also, I really like the blog title. And my Hofstadter butterfly pic.

So the following can be considered a mock constitution of the new-and-improved Academic Jungle:

I will try to write candidly about the things important to me, professional and personal. There may be mild profanity, for the purposes of emphasis, illustration, or emoting. If I have advice to give, I will try to avoid sounding preachy and stuffy; if I fail, someone please call me on it.

Thank you for reading and sorry for the commotion!

23 comments:

Dr.Girlfriend said...

I am glad you to learn you will be continuing to blog, although I missed out on your leaving announcement.

Venkat said...

Yay! I knew I didn't take gmp off from my blogroll for a reason :)

Comrade PhysioProf said...

Also, I am happy in relative obscurity. Taking down the blog for a few days is probably enough for a whole bunch of people to forget about me and remove me from their blogrolls. I am also moving to a new URL (I know, I know, I was bitching and moaning in the previous post about people moving -- I am a total hypocrite); this will hopefully contribute to obscurity. In the future, I will be drastically more careful about where I comment with a backlink to my place.

What fucken planet are you from? Are you really this unclear on the fucken concept?

cherishthescientist.net said...

Happy dance! And giggling a little bit that you been sucked in. :-)

GMP said...

Darn. CPP found me. I though after the nice eulogy he wrote for me, he'd certainly consider me RIP for all eternity.

CPP, I am certainly clueless about a lot of concepts. Are you referring to the concept of obscurity, the concept of blogging, the concept of people, the concept of blogrolls, the concepts of bitching and moaning, the concept of hypocrisy, the concept of commenting, or the concept of backilinking?

Anyhoo, my guess is the concept you are referring to is what blogging is for and that obscurity is in its direct oppositon. Shrug.

Btw, I am from planet Melmac and have 8 stomachs.

Hi Cherish, glad you are here! :-)

Comrade PhysioProf said...

CPP, I am certainly clueless about a lot of concepts. Are you referring to the concept of obscurity, the concept of blogging, the concept of people, the concept of blogrolls, the concepts of bitching and moaning, the concept of hypocrisy, the concept of commenting, or the concept of backilinking?

Yes.

Meadow said...

Hey GMP I like your blog no matter what.

Dr.Girlfriend said...

Having issues with RSS feed!

Unbalanced Reaction said...

Woot, woot! Glad you're back. :)

Odyssey said...

Welcome back!

prodigal academic said...

Welcome back! I missed your farewell post, but I am happy to see you are back at blogging. I also find I missed my blog while I was gone (in my case, on vacation).

Jason Goldman said...

Glad to see you back!

BugDoc said...

very glad to see you back - looking forward to more interesting posts!

Alex said...

If CPP doesn't like you, you must be doing something right.

GMP said...

The following comments are transferred from old place, so time stamp will be off.

Anonymous said...

the whole leaving in a huff and then returning 3 days later is a little drama-queen-ish for my liking but I have enjoyed your past posts so I will keep reading

GMP said...

Anon at 12:28 said: the whole leaving in a huff and then returning 3 days later is a little drama-queen-ish for my liking

Anon, agreed. For what it's worth, it wasn't planned.

Dr. G and Venkat, glad you are still here!

pika said...

You are back, great! I liked your previous blog, so looking forward to your new one.

Female Computer Scientist said...

Welcome back! I think I missed the adverse event chain somewhere, but hope all is well for you now.

Candid Engineer said...

LOL, you're something else. I'd blogroll you but given your new & strange philosophy about not wanting to be read- do you want to be blogrolled?

Listen, you were new to the whole blogging thing, you are a really good writer, and getting blogrolled by FSP is inviting a lot of unwanted types into your home when you're still figuring the whole blogging thing out. It can be too much, too fast. And never mind Isis, she overreacts to some things, and apparently, you do too.

In any case, if you want community and a support network, you need people to read your blog. Yes, there will be some bad that comes with the good. But not everyone and everything in the blogosphere matters.

And regarding your blog philosophy: I will try to write candidly about the things important to me, professional and personal. There may be mild profanity, for the purposes of emphasis, illustration, or emoting. It sounds like something I would write! So despite your strange behavior this week, you can still count me in.

Alyssa said...

Glad to see that you've come around and I'm looking forward to reading you on the other blog!

GMP said...

Hi pika, Alyssa, FCS, CE!
Glad you guys are still here.

CE, I assure you I am not a nutcase -- well, not more than an average scientist anyway. Last week was difficult for reasons I cannot really discuss; it did exacerbate my ambivalence for the Great Science Blogs Migration into annoyance and the tumulous relationship with my blog persona into a a desire to just quit. I also put more pepper in my dishes than usual. :-)

I am happy you'll be back reading.

Dr. Girlfriend said...

I am as clueless about blogging as I am about humanity. I mostly feel that I just do not really get it. Sometimes I look up to the sky and wonder when my real parents are going to come and rescue me from this planet and the xenophobic little creatures that dominate it.

I find online activities make great practice for successfully living with humans and integrating into their societies. The rules are basically the same, only you can more readily change your online identity if you make a really bad boo boo.