Observant readers will have noticed that three of my last four posts — the ones sporting the spiffy Research Blogging icon — were posts discussing peer-reviewed journal articles. This is a substantially higher proportion of writing about the details of scholarly research than I normally feature on this blog.
But I think I’ve developed a taste for it.
Thus, going forward, I’ve decided (for the foreseeable future, anyway) to stick to discussions of scholarly research and to set aside freewheeling musings on current events, answers to emailed requests for advice, passing observations of pedagogy, and polls of questionable utility. I’m sure there will still be plenty of places you can find this kind of content on the internets. This blog just won’t be one of them.
Since it’s Thursday, I anticipate that some of you will be asking, “But what about Friday Sprog Blogging?”
As should be obvious, my conversations with the Free-Ride offspring over the last four-plus years have been neither scholarly nor peer-reviewed. Moreover, the sprogs, now creeping closer to nine and eleven years old, have expressed to me that it’s probably time to give these weekly discussions a rest. They have other things they’d rather be doing, and the whole thing just isn’t as cute as it used to be when they were little.
(Plus, as we learned at ScienceOnline2010, the mommyblogger thing seems to be in tension with doing serious blogging about matters scientific.)
This is not a turn I had anticipated for this blog back when I started writing it, but it feels like the right path for it right now.