Sunday, June 1, 2008

Happy blogiversary to me

I started posting to this blog a year ago today. I guess that makes this a time for reminiscing or something, so I'll give it a try.

I like the geoblogosphere. It can be a little like being at a conference without having to drive or fly. There are the discussions about current research. There are the discussions about world events (especially geologic events), and about extraterrestrial events. There are great pictures. There's a little catching up with people. There's talk about life as a scientist, about kids and theses and dissertations and jobs and why geology doesn't get any respect from the other sciences, even in a world with earthquakes and volcanoes and landslide dams threatening collapse. No beer, and none of that cold scared feeling in the gut before giving a talk, but it's still both social and scientific.

For me, personally, blogging has helped me think about teaching, both about pedagogy and about content. It's given me a reason to dig through both old and new papers (even if I rarely blog about them). It's given me ideas to use in classes - "Where on Google Earth" might return when I teach the intro class again in the fall. It hasn't given me new research ideas, but the act of writing has made my writing faster, I think, when I've got things that need to get done. (In the three work days that I had last week, I wrote a GSA abstract and a grant proposal. I don't normally work that fast. But I've found it's a lot easier to write short proposals, at least, when I've been writing and thinking a lot.) Nobody at work knows that I blog, but when they find out (and they will, eventually), I'm not going to be embarrassed about it.

So I'll keep doing it. I've thought about moving to Wordpress (because it seemed like such a good idea when Brian did it last fall), but I'm not going to do it now. (I haven't figured out how to add a picture to my header here, and I'm trying to sell a house. Maybe I'll do it next year.)

9 comments:

Chris said...

Congratulations. I imagine many others will be in the same boat very shortly (myself included), since the whole community sprung up over such a short period of time.

I'd also recommend moving to WP. I've been using it since the version 1.2 days and one of my current contracting jobs is effectively working as a professional WP template developer. So if you need help, just ask.

MJC Rocks said...

Congratulations! I have enjoyed following your words and pictures, and finding connections between our different worlds. Keep up the good work!

Callan Bentley said...

Kim, Happy Blogiversary! You do great work. Glad to know you're planning on sticking with it. -CB

CJR said...

Congratulations! I completely agree with you about how blogging ties in with teaching - hopefully future interview panels will agree.

Presumably you are aware that you're now famous - so your colleagues may find out sooner than you think...

Silver Fox said...

Congratulations indeed! You are an inspiration to other bloggers with your many great posts - and what a first with 'Sound of Mylonites.'

EarlyToBed said...

Congrats on your year of high-quality blogging!! I've very much enjoyed reading your Earth Science posts.

ScienceWoman said...

Congratulations! Your blog has such a great mix of teaching, research, and personal observations; it is an inspiration!

BrianR said...

Kim ... I echo all the comments above. Your blog is one of my favs.

When/if you migrate to wordpress.com, let me know ... I can try and help anyway I can.

Kim said...

Thanks, all.

And, yes, I saw the mentions in the AAPG Explorer and in Geotimes. The question is: how much of their mail do my colleagues read, especially during the summer? (I've heard from one former student who read the Explorer, though.)