We started our Statistical Modeling blog in 2004 as a way that I could share information with students, postdocs, and others in my research group. The idea was that we would post ideas and use the blog to comment on them. The blog was open to the world so that outsiders could hear about what we were doing and comment also. (We also set up a wiki but we found it awkward to use, and then it got hacked, so we abandoned that idea.)
But I soon realized that the blog was really more of a place for me to throw out ideas–a convenient notebook where I could write things down and no longer have to keep them in my memory. I started out with one post per weekday (asking postdocs to post when I was away on vacation) but have gradually increased the pace.
Recently we were invited to start a blog here at Science Blogs. This seemed like a good idea, a way to reach a new set of readers. At the same time, I didn’t want to abandon the Mother Blog. So I’ll be posting some stuff here, and linking back and forth.
P.S. People came up with lots of fun ideas for titles (see here and here), but I ended up going with Applied Statistics, which is boring but descriptive. (My sentimental favorite was “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Blog.”)