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From Baldur Bjarnason, the reality of writing on the web: 15. People will always prefer you to state the obvious and spout common sense. If you say anything that requires a bit of thinking, or that would require them to learn new skills or ideas, your audience will evaporate into nothing, no matter how important…

What’s Going On At Your Place?

I have one more crazy week involving travel and lots of other responsibilities, culminating in our final home visit in our foster care certification (as some of you will recall, we had a tough visit our second time with a social worker who was totally appalled by the farm – our social worker’s supervisor kindly…

A Year, Here.

It has been just about a year since I made my transition to Science Blogs, and other than the kerfuffle in July and the fact that they still don’t pay us particularly often, in general, I think this has been a successful move for me – particularly in my larger goal, which was to reach…

First, there’s the end of summer canning and preserving – the warm dry weather has meant the most astonishing harvest, all of which needs attention yesterday. Second, there’s the beginning of fall getting everything ready before winter on a farm, most of which involves carrying heavy things (hay, firewood, etc…) around). Third, there’s the start…

My Dream Job, Opening Up?

About a year ago I was sitting around with a couple friends and they asked me where I thought my career was going. They were genuinely curious – what does blogging actually lead to? What kind of career advancement might a blogger get eventually? Can you transfer from blogging to journalism? Get a job at…

While I’m On a Train to Maryland

You can be doing more fun things. I’ll be out of touch and my blog will be quiet. But you could be reading some of my old colleagues and some new cool stuff at the new cooperative blog group “Scientopia.” Zuska’s there and Dr. Free Ride, and a lot of awesome folk – so have…

C’mon, you know you’ve always wanted to. This is the chance – if you’ve never made a comment (or you’ve made a thousand), tell me who you are and what interesting stuff you are doing to save the world – or even just to get along decently. Or tell me something interesting and cool I…

On Comments

I’ve noticed that the comments have been kind of nasty lately around here, and I just wanted to remind everyone of my comment policy. The major part of it can be summed up as “please make an effort not to be a complete jerk.” Look, I know we all get angry sometimes and say what…

Back to Work

As a lot of you probably knew long before I did (we loaned our computer to our housemate who is frantically prepping for his orals ;-)), Scienceblogs took down the Pepsi blog. This actually exceeded my requests to management as parameters for me coming back. I had asked that Scienceblogs create a separate area for…

Back…Mostly

Hi Folks – It has been a week since I hit the wall and took off from the computer, and I’m back, at least sort of. The combination of a lingering illness, exhaustion from trying to finish the book, stress from a book not doing what I wanted to and just way too much time…