The Last Post

Hi everyone,

I apologize for my long hiatus from blogging. Things have just been crazy at work lately. All the same it has given me some time to think about what I want from blogging, and where I see myself in the next several years.

For those of you who don't know I am an MD-PhD student which means that when I finish my PhD -- hopefully in about a year -- I will return to medical school. Anyone who has written a dissertation or gone through 3rd of medical school will tell you that neither are particularly conducive to large amounts of free time. So looking forward I have to take into account that finding time for blogging will be more challenging in the future.

Likewise, I have been doing this schtick for three years now, and after over a thousand posts one does begin to struggle for story ideas. I have always been of the opinion that if you are posting something it shouldn't feel like a chore, because if it does what you are writing isn't going to be that interesting. Increasingly, I have to push myself to wake up in the morning and write something.

For these reasons, I have decided to close the Pure Pedantry blog. I know (sigh) we had a good run, but good things come to an end. I have deeply enjoyed writing for all of you as a blogger, and I appreciate all of you that have been my regular readers.

However -- for those of you concerned that I will now vanish off the planet -- I will be continuing to blog for ScienceBlogs in a capacity. Evil Monkey and Scicurious over at Neurotopia have very graciously offered me a job as a co-blogger. While my posting there will be much more irregular than it was here, I will still have a chance to interact with you all. I encourage you to go take a look -- if you haven't already -- at the always interesting conversations that go on at their blog.

In keeping with the aesthetic over at their blog -- and frankly because all the cool kids are doing it these days :) -- I will be adopting the pseudonym NotoriousLTP (but you'll all know it is still me [winks]).

Take care, and I hope to see you all over at Neurotopia.

Jake Young

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By dr beltran (not verified) on 15 Jun 2009 #permalink

Alas, it will be sad to delete Pure Pedantry from the blogroll, but Neurotopia is a fine, fine home. I sympathize with the time constraints and may have to make a similar choice soon myself. Hope blogging is more enjoyable when it's not a chore. :)

I'm very sad Pure Pedantry closes. It was a pleasure to read you all these last months. I look forward to "see" you anywhere else! Good luck and thank you

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