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Latter posts - Part 1

365 days ago I started to blog about life sciences and bioinformatics in this spot - for one year. The experiment is over and I might review what has happened in the next couple of days in more details. However, I have decided to discontinue Notes from the Biomass in its current form.

A blog break hopefully gives me the opportunity to reconsider many things. Blogging takes time. It depends on your perception of the day whether it takes too much of it. I became pretty blog weary over the last couple of months and while there might have been one or two interesting posts, I was not overly happy with the quality and form for too long. In particular, the opportunity for serious scientific communication seemed less of an option than I had initially hoped for.

There will be a couple of posts coming here still but I will rather use other forms to use online communication. I'd rather comment on other sites and write longer articles and essays. Later, I might move finally run the Wordpress blog that I was aiming for for too long and resume but before that there will be some downtime.

So thanks for all the feedback so far.
Stew (guest) - 2006-03-29 23:20

Thanks for a year of good reading

Sorry to hear that you're winding down the blog for a while. I've very much enjoyed reading it over the past few months, and it sets a high standard for bioinformatics blogs in general: I think you've done a great job. Hope your blog holiday isn't too long...

In any case, thanks for a year of good reading.

Pedro Beltrao (guest) - 2006-03-30 10:33

Don't stay away for long

You can't stop really :), who do I link to then ? Its too hard to find people actually blogging on science related topics (intelligent design bashing does not count).

Neil (guest) - 2006-03-30 15:23

Enjoy the break

Blogging is an odd activity. I know what you mean by blog weariness, the feeling that you should try to post regularly, wondering whether it's a good use of your time, worrying if you don't feel that you have something to say.

I'm not convinced that a personal blog is the best forum for serious scientific discussion. If you try to "popularise" it in a certain writing style or by adding non-science topics, you're extending the readership to a non-specialist audience. On the other hand if you keep it very serious and focused on research, you'll only have a small audience :). Community blogs work a little better in this regard.

I think everyone has their own personal perception of what a blog is for and why they blog. For me, it's just a place where I can note things of interest that I've seen or read or sometimes just offload some mental baggage at the end of a long day. I'm not trying to be a great communicator and I don't really expect anyone else to read it, but if someone occasionally finds something of interest, well then that's great. In other words, I don't think it's worth getting too serious or concerned if a blog isn't working for you. Take a break, try to figure out what you want from science communication and try it out.

spitshine - 2006-04-03 19:46

Thanks for the flowers

Have to admit that the break does me well so far. Was a little surprise to myself when I decided to change/pause/stop last week. Does me well though...
vertikalist (guest) - 2006-04-10 14:14

schade

schade, I always liked to read your stuff, old friend. But I can perfetly understand that you want to take a break. Wondering what you are going to do with your spare time now...

spitshine - 2006-04-10 23:13

The free time

Good question - actually, it feels like there is no additional free time. Guess I squeezed blogging just in. However, I really think a lot less about what to blog etc. Let's see.
vertikalist (guest) - 2006-04-25 13:28

schade, I always liked to read your stuff, old friend. But I can perfetly understand that you want to take a break. Wondering what you are going to do with your spare time now...

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