Wednesday, March 17, 2010

should I change the name of the blog?

I've been thinking for a while about book titles. Something like Former Female Wannabe Scientist, PhD?

This post over at Drugmonkey seems to imply I've never been a science blogger, at least according to the people who commented there.

That pretty much sums up how I feel right now: marginalized, muffled, and invisible.

Funny how at one point I was so concerned about being outed! Maybe not something worth worrying about after all.


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13 Comments:

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Becca said...

Well, for what it's worth, if you're going for "one of the top 11 science blogs", you've got some stiff competition. On the other hand, if you want to see what people would list for "11 blogs that are important for young scientists to read"... we'll, I'd wager you'd get more mentions.

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous HennaHonu said...

What are talking about? All it shows is that you got only a few votes in his brief readership poll, which he was using to criticize the methods in that paper. I don't think it marginalizes you - you got more than most of the blogs. I don't think you should take it personally, your blog is scienc-y enough for me. In addition, as a young female scientist, your point of view is also of value to me =]

 
At 1:34 PM, Anonymous FrauTech said...

I can't help with the title, but I know how you feel. Comments sections at a few places have left me feeling more depressed than I figured I'd let anyone make me feel, let alone some internet folks who I don't even know. I think about how Dr. Isis and Zuska frequently get asked why their blog isn't about science or why they don't talk more about science even though they are on science blogs. Then you visit Pharyngula where he only makes fun of religious people (but no specific arguments usually, does those in person i imagine) or talks about his travels or meeting people. Every now and then he shows a photo of some biological creature as part of an open thread. And yet I don't think you see people posting to his blog asking why he doesn't write about science. So I guess one can come to their own conclusion on that.

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Kea said...

As a poverty stricken unemployed physicist I have never seen much point in being anonymous, although I did try it in the beginning. Everyone treats me like shit anyway, so why hide who I am?

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger ScientistMother said...

i don't think you can take the fact that you weren't mentioned as a sign that you're not a science blogger. Alot of science bloggers weren't mentioned...including me! :)

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Janet D. Stemwedel said...

Well, I included your blog in my list.

I suspect that part of DM's hypothesis was that 11 is a very small number of science blogs relative to the number that many people who read blogs (in general or with a specific focus on science blogs) would include if asked to list all their regular reads, or all the ones that matter to them, or all the ones they'd recommend to an undergrad studying science, or what have you.

So, don't go changing that blog name, OK?

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call yourself whatever you like! It's your blog and persona.

 
At 2:01 AM, Blogger Alex A said...

3 votes seems pretty good to me.

 
At 6:10 PM, Blogger MiddleClassNonwhiteFemaleInHumanScience said...

I'd say that science is not to follow what the world tells you to do, but to know in your heart, with rigor, and authentic intention to unfold the process of discovering the lived world.

 
At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sure why not. You are closing the chapter on a tumultous and excruciatingly painful time in your life and beginning a new one that will lead to greater personal fulfillment. Why not celebrate this turning point with a new name, like a clean slate.

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Michael Hultström said...

You get three votes as being in the top eleven and you are bitter about it? Come on, you aren't close to being the eleventh most frequent poster. That has to be a sign of blog quality.

Now, for title I think: "Formerly Female Scientist" would be more fun. And, it would really make you part of a marginalized minority. =)

Anyway, keep up the good work.

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and have spent the last 3 hours going through your archives. Thank you so much for honestly writing about your experience in science. Really. As a newly minted PhD who's recovering from a hellish grad school experience and trying to decide if the post-doc/academic track is for me reading your blog has been very cathartic. You discuss my biggest fears and highlight real issues and problems. Thank you.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger Isis the Scientist said...

What Janet said.

 

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