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Blogger’s Block

January 12, 2012, 4:47 pm

When I moved my blog over here to The Chronicle, one of the things I was worried about was keeping up with expectations. What on earth was I going to write about? My fellow Chronicle bloggers are a pretty high-level crowd, always writing about Important Issues and stuff. I do that sometimes too, but sometimes I just want to tell you about a funny thing my cat did or post a cocktail recipe. Somehow, that just doesn’t seem right in this venue.

Kitten

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this blog post.

And so one thing didn’t lead to another, until I had full-blown blogger’s block. I would come up with vaguely interesting ideas, start drafting a post, and… well, that just seems too dumb. Or too short. Or dumb AND short. And now the blog has sat here for weeks, ignored and unloved. The best way to break writer’s block is to write, and presumably the best way to beat blogger’s block is to blog. So here I am, trying to get back on the blogging horse.

I started this blog to share with you what it is like to have a job like mine – a Ph.D. with an administrative job who still does research. Sometimes there’s not much to tell – sometimes people actually leave me alone for days at a time and I can sit at my desk and write manuscripts or analyze data or read blogs and be perfectly happy but not have much to say when someone asks me how work was today.

That situation does not describe the last two months.

We’ve been going through our very intense period of the year, and while I’ve been saving up stories and complaints and rants, it is most definitely a “too soon” aspect here. I have to write about things carefully enough so that people don’t recognize themselves – heck, sometimes that means turning people into cats in the story. But also, sometimes I have to wait long enough that the “characters” don’t recognize themselves, should they stumble upon a post. Rest assured, I’ve got lots of material here, but… yeah, too soon.

 

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