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!