There is a general disconnect between the people I know from blogging and the people I know in real life. I’ve only met a couple of my fellow SciBlings (ScienceBlogs siblings): John Lynch, Mad Mike, and Carl. I have only once had a real world friend or colleague overtly mention to me in real life that they read or know of my blog. That’s probably to be expected given that I blog pseudo-pseudonymously (quite an appropriate title given my study species).
But there are people in the bloggy world who have figured out who I am in the real world. I don’t mind, I just ask that they not broadcast it all over the internets because that would clog up the tubes. The tubes don’t want to be clogged. There are also a couple of real world people who have found the blog. This post got some attention at one meeting because the paper it deals with was a hot topic of conversation. One graduate student I know from another university has even gone so far as to leave comments. Who knows how many others know about my internet presence.
At a meeting earlier this year, a post-doc came thisclose to saying, “You’re the dude who writes that crappy blog, evolgen.” We were talking about speciation or human evolution when he said to me, “Like you said, humans and chimps didn’t speciate.” I hadn’t said that during our conversation. I had written it here, on my blog. So, what I’m wondering is if very few people know about the blog, and they’ve commented or alluded to it conversation? Or if a bunch of people know about it, but they haven’t said jack?