Saturday, December 20, 2008

Living life is a science, too.

I was reading one of the posts nominated as a best of for 2008, about how some of the most visited science blogs are those that are about more frivolous topics. And you know what? The title of the post, which grabbed my attention, was about science and Britney Spears. So yeah, I'm guilty of being drawn to the frivolous. So I was reading the post, and I only got so far as this:
"...It was one of those throw-away posts, with a silly title, a one-liner, a picture and a link. Something that takes no thought and about two minutes to post. Something almost all of us post sometimes, just to fill the page. For fun. Not a post that requires hours of research and writing."

Then I got depressed and stopped reading. Because all of my posts are like that. Nothing I post about in my current- and previous (here unnamed) blogs- ever requires actual research. I guess I'm just not that smart or interesting.

But wait, I think, why should I be depressed about this? The point of my blog isn't to educate about science; I do enough of that in my 'real' job; the purpose of this blog is to educate about the life of a struggling scientist/ mother/ wife. In that respect, the research I do is 24/7. If I had the time, I'd be smart. I'd be current, I'd be educational. Instead I use that time to... you know, sleep; or feed my children; rescue the dog from the pound (again); fold some laundry; or actually have a conversation with my husband.

So if you are looking for science, this is the wrong blog. If you are looking for life, stay here and witness mine.


EcoGeoFemme said...

I feel the same way. My blog is obviously not about science, and I write all the posts off the top of my head or transcribe conversations that I've had with EGM. One of the few things I dislike about blogging is the transience of the posts. You can feel like you wrote a really great post and some people might read it, and then it's gone. Yeah, it stays in the archives, but for all intents and purposes old posts just disappear. It's not very satisfying to spend hours researching a topic to know it will have that fate.

PhizzleDizzle said...

My blog is totally random too - don't worry about it, I like your writing style, so I will read your blog. I don't understand the science that goes around anyway because I'm a computer scientist - it's only of passing interest to me. I relate to life. So just keep on truckin'!