Ask A ScienceBlogger: Why Blog?

June 16, 2008

A reader asked: “There are many, many academic bloggers out there feverishly blogging about their areas of interest. Still, there are many, many more academics who don’t. So, why do you blog and how does blogging help with your research?”


I blog here on at DrugMonkey in the ScienceBlogs network for two reasons:
(1) To make it very clear that being a successful scientist ain’t fucking rocket science, and doesn’t require “genius” or any other type of magical intellectual prowess. It is a profession like any other, and the skills necessary to succeed can be learned. I consider this an important point to convey as an aspect of making science much more inclusive to people other than well-off white dudes.
(2) Because I am an egomaniacal wackaloon exhibitionist!
Blogging does not “help my research”, but I hope it helps other scientists succeed at their own professional goals.

15 Responses to “Ask A ScienceBlogger: Why Blog?”

  1. drdrA Says:

    Wow. That’s exactly why I blog. It took me quite a long time to figure that first one out- but when I did the desire to share that knowledge was overwhelming.
    Second, I was considering using the word exhibitionist one of my blog posts recently but didn’t. There, now you did it for me. I think you have to have a little of that to blog like this…

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  2. S. Rivlin Says:

    PP forgot to mention the third reason for his blogging i.e., to let his filthy mouth run freely, something he won’t dare doing in the classroom. A real class act 😉

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  3. PhysioProf Says:

    Sol, you gotta chill, dude! “Class” ain’t all that, you know what I’m sayin’?

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  4. S. Rivlin Says:

    PP, you know what they say about the kid in the schoolyard who has the biggest, philthies mouth. Beside, you are the one who needs chilling, if you haven’t noticed the 😉

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  5. PhysioProf Says:

    Sol dude, we are all about the chill at DrugMonkey, you know what I’m sayin’?!

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  6. S. Rivlin Says:

    PP dude, I’m glad you did’nt ask me “you see what I’m saying?” But, yes, I know what you’re saying and it is not much. 😉

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  7. enufalready Says:

    Get a room, you two.

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  8. idlemind Says:

    We’re all crap-hurling primates after all…

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  9. Ian Findlay Says:

    At last, someone on this site admits the truth.
    Go, PhysioProf!!

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  10. RickD Says:

    About your point 1),
    the branch of science dedicated to developing rocketry is, in fact, “fucking rocket science”.
    🙂

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  11. perplexed Says:

    And what “truth” would that be Ian?

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  12. S. Rivlin Says:

    perplexed,
    The truth is that PP is blogging to fucking chill, dude!

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  13. PhysioProf Says:

    Righteous, Sol!

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  14. S. Rivlin Says:

    PP dude, you aren’t very smart, ha?

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  15. fatih Says:

    teşekkrler bilgi iin dostum , thanks
    http://smallvilledizi.blogspot.com

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