Monday, August 2, 2010

Yawn

I have been following, somewhat closely, the whole Pepsiblogate or Pepsipocalipse thing at ScienceBlogs, the massive departure of SciBlings and what seems to be their eventual re-emergence now at Scientopia.

I would say that the bulk of activity throughout July was focused on who leaves or doesn't and who goes where and how ScienceBlogs have failed and whathaveyou.

Which is all nice, except that I so don't care. I tried to, I really did, but I can't. I do not give a rat's ass about who goes where.

I think I am officially exhausted by following science blogs.

In my humble opinion, most science bloggers take themselves way too seriously (I am sure I do too). Come to think of it, most scientists take themselves too seriously (I am absolutely guilty of this one).

This is not real life. Just the darn blogosphere. Nothing happens if we don't blog. If all science bloggers everywhere stopped blogging this instant, nothing would happen. It's almost amusing how inconsequential all this is, yet how important it seems to people.

I said almost amusing. It's really not. Yawn.

Moving a blog, renaming a blog, or ceasing to blog are not earthshattering events. Quite the contrary. Life goes on. Except that it perhaps becomes a tiny bit better every time an egotistical smartass goes offline.

To put my money where my mouth is and make the world a better place, this is my last post. Comment at will, and in a couple of days I will pull down the whole blog. Thanks for reading. See you among comments on other people's blogs.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm sad to hear that you are not going to keep up your blog. It has been a fun read.

I too, was extremely uninterested in the "who goes where and why" of the science blog world for the last month. I read blogs I like and can't stand the "office politics" that is so rampant in the science blog world. I typically have no idea who is blogging on what site since I'm a complete google reader convert.

I have always been a reader and never a blogger because I find the science blog world to be rather exhausing if you get in too deep. Seems like you came to the same conclusion.

all the best

JaneB said...

Thanks for blogging - I enjoyed finding out about your perspectives on things. It's a pity if you're leaving because other people have been a bit nit-witty, but I can see why you might want to.

Me, I've never found much of interest over at Scienceblogs, so I have just ignored their silliness. And although I will probably look at Scientopia to start with, since people whose blogs I've followed when they blogged as independents like PLS and PiT are going there, if they start acting like most ScienceBloggers did and becoming self-important office-games-players, I shall just quit reading them.

There are all sorts of neat conversations going on which are not quite so... I don't know, clique-y? I wish you well and hope to see you around the place occasionally!

I'll be carrying on blogging myself, at blogspot 'cos it's easy, because I enjoy the conversations I get into and find value in the writing.

Alyssa said...

Sorry to see you go! I enjoyed your posts and your take on things.

I never really got into the Scienceblogs scene. When I first started my blog, I read a couple over there but lost interest. A lot of my favorite blogs are "independent" blogs, so I really don't care where they are. Some of them (PLS, PiT, CE, etc.) are moving to Scientopia, and so I'll read them there. But, I doubt I'll start reading new blogs on that network just because they're on that network.

Anyway, hope to still see you around the comments!

Bashir said...

That's the internet for you. Often times much ado about nothing. Or at least very little. I understand your inclination to push back for a bit.

chemfan said...

The blogosphere is important. Being able to read the words of women who had survived grad school and gone on to successful post-grad lives (both professionally and personally) helped me get through a really tough year and find the courage to make the changes I needed to get my graduate career back on track. If you all stopped blogging, I wouldn't have that, and my life would definitely be different. There are two female faculty in my department and for various reasons neither is a mentor for me. I have learned volumes about how academia works and the differences between academia and industry, and the random crap that people have to put up with to do good science by reading science blogs. I'm sorry that you're going, as I was looking forward to learning about your experiences on the tenure-track.

Unbalanced Reaction said...

Aw, I'm sad to see you stop posting. Don't be a stranger!

Comrade PhysioProf said...

Your indifference to blogging bores me. Yawn.

cherishthescientist.net said...

Really? It's a pity you're planning to quit. It's blogs like yours that I got into reading after I realized what a high school clique science blogs had become. There are some bloggers on there that I really enjoy, but overall, not so much anymore. I guess I like finding all the rest of those people hanging out in the long tail.

I hope you'll reconsider, but if not, at least know that some of us will miss your writing.

Anonymous said...

Its too bad. For me, your blog was a beacon of optimism amongst a sea of pessimistic academics. You will be missed.

PUI prof said...

I really enjoyed your blog, too, and will be sad to see you go. I agree with chemfan in that blogging can be supportive of people who need support, and agree with many of your readers- don't care a lick about the Scienceblogs meltdown. At. all.

Here's hoping you'll return after a restorative hiatus...

Isis the Scientist said...

Really? You're making some grand decision because of what happened on <1% of the blogs out there?

Yawn, indeed.

GMP said...

:) The whole point is that ceasing to blog is not a grand decision.

Me not blogging (or anyone else not blogging) is really not grand by any stretch, or even relevant at all. Real lives go on.

engineering girl said...

I've found your blog a great resource as I start my career, so thanks for the great writing!

As for blogs being inconsequential, I have to disagree on that. I think they provide information we might not have had before - there's no way I would have been able to glimpse into the lives of women in academia as I began my career and tried to choose between industry or academia. But people choose to blog for different reasons. If your goal was to provide advice for the younger generation and provoke discussion about academia, in my humble opinion you succeeded, but maybe that's not exactly what you hoped to get out of it. I have a personal blog with my random ramblings, and it's not meant to give any advice or provoke discussion. The world will never care about it, and I am okay with that, that was not my goal. So if blogging is just not doing it for you and it seems like something inconsequential, then of course it makes sense to stop. In which case, goodbye, good luck, and thanks for the insightful writing!

Venkat said...

GMP: I hope you get at least slightly bored and come back sometime!

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll be the first and beg you not to go! I really enjoy your posts and want more. From a purely selfish point of view, they're more useful than a lot of what goes on in the blogosphere. Don't stop.

-- an early-career STEM type

Zuska said...

Well I am glad you took the time to tell us about this boring non-consequential totally uninteresting decision of zero importance that will have no ramifications for anyone or anything. Maybe you could have just saved time by taking the blog down and not bothering with the final post? Ah, but then you wouldn't have gotten to tell us what you wanted to say on your blog...hmmm...

Professor in Training said...

People blog and read blogs for different reasons. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass about the Sb politics or Teh Blog Warz. The blogosphere has helped me find a diverse professional and personal support network that I was not able to develop otherwise.

And not all of us take ourselves as seriously as you seem to think.

I'm sorry that you were not able to derive any benefit out of your blogging. It is what it is. As you said, the earth won't end if you delete your blog. It won't end if I shut mine, either.

namnezia said...

Not sure how you being bored with what goes on in other blogs logically leads to you to shut down your own blog. Maybe what bores you is what YOU were writing about - why blame it on others?

Of course its all inconsequential in the greater scheme. If everyone reading this blog gets hit by a bus, overall things will continue as they have been for the most part, for most people.

In any case - I hope you have fun in your next endeavor, whatever that may be!

GMP said...

Life goes on. Except that it perhaps becomes a tiny bit better every time an egotistical smartass goes offline.

To put my money where my mouth is and make the world a better place, this is my last post.


Not implication enough? Me egotistical smartass, me going offline, world better place.