Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Not fallen off the face of the Earth...

I have not fallen off the face of the Earth, but my motivation to blog has not been pushed for a while now. I have always known that I enjoy reading a whole lot more than writing, so I am not surprised at my lack of posting. I started this blog so that I could participate in an interesting and growing community. (I also wanted to communicate science to the public - see later paragraph) Upon seeing how Callan Bentley reflected on his own blogging, it got me thinking again about mine.

In my quiescence I have been following the geoblogosphere, I just haven't been contributing more than the occasional comment on a post. But, I think that geoblogging is a worthwhile endeavor for me. It is great practice for improving my writing skills, developing a broader peer network, and passing on information I think others may find interesting.

I have realized that my blog really isn't about communicating much science to the public, even though I thoroughly enjoy such interactions. Instead, I think I will leave such communication to the volunteer activities I do (lectures, after-school programs, activities/demonstrations). I enjoy communicating science much more when I directly interact with people than just trying to write a summary. (And I hope my participants enjoy it more as well!)

My blog has been more of an outlet to share things I find interesting to my peers. I have made very few posts on critiques of peer-reviewed papers or summarizing topics for the general audience. It takes me a long time to compose a written post on what I think about an article. I have no problem discussing the merits or lack thereof of articles amongst peers, but to write something about another person's work, to put permanence to such criticism by posting it, and to write it in a politically correct manner does not come easily to me. The posts I have tried to put together on topics I am thoroughly familiar with (ex. ripples, dunes, etc.) also take me a long time to write and in some cases have been done more eloquently by others. If not more eloquently, they can at least get the same information from other web pages (ex. wikipedia) on a much more recognized web resource. It just seems like a waste of time to reinvent the wheel.

I consider myself to be on the lazy end of the blogger scale. Short sweet posts highlighting things I find interesting or that I think others may find useful. And I think I will stick with that format. I hope to resume a more regular blogging schedule (in between more point counting - eyes go cross-eyed), but if you don't hear from me, know that I am reading post and enjoying my small part of the geoblogosphere.


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ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

I know exactly how you feel! I use to feel all this pressure to have something up, but I realize there is alot going on in my life, and somethings that my time could be better used on that reviewing the work of others. I figure if I am going to put that much effort in talking about other peoples work, I should at least do my own research and get it published lol! ;)

Keep up the good work!