Hello and thanks for looking in.
This is my first post on this blog. It comes after some cogitation and agitation… to blog or not to blog? I was pretty sceptical about social media, to me twitter, facebook and even blogging seemed more suited to teenagers obsessed with boy bands. So I could not take this media seriously or see myself using it, much less starting a dedicated personal blog!
And yet here we are, you are reading this post, and I obviously, have written it. How came this transformation in attitude?
Well, a colleague at the university, spoke about social media as a tool for academics. I was quite taken by the ideas
(- a way to communicate with a larger, global audience
– freedom to say more about research (context, why you did this piece of work…) than papers allow
– get more exposure and raise profile of one’s research
– ability to discuss other topics related to science)
he presented and so I investigated by reading the blogs of some other academics that my colleague recommended. It got me quite keen and my first blogposts were as a guest for the Optical Society of America at a conference. You can see the results of those first attempts here: http://sofmeeting.blogspot.co.uk/
I found that I enjoyed blogging a lot. So much so that it was scary as it was so addictive! I found myself thinking of what I would say in my next post more than what I would say in my paper presentation.. which is why I delayed my own blog. Was I prepared to be a slave to this new compulsion?
And so after much cogitation and agitation, I decided to conduct a scientific experiment on myself with the blog reading community as witness. I would start a blog and see if in the long run the compulsion consumes me or tapers off to a normal level comparable to other activities. I hope you will stay with me on this journey and experiment and be part of the outcomes. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading the posts.
Welcome to my blog!