I am reinvigorated to start posting again, and there will be another post shortly.
I stopped posting last year for a number of reasons, some of which may seem strange and some of which may make sense to other bloggers.
Firstly I hit a number of small technical barriers. These included changing machine and losing password and the volume of spam. Nothing insuperable in themselves but in the internet era activity is limited by a large number of small barriers. Yes, I could use FriendFeed, FaceBook, Twitter, Delicious, etc. etc. but they all have a energy quantum of entry fee and adding them all up just means it doesn’t happen. My mail is in a mess, etc.
Then I found the blog was driving me – feeling I had to post once a day, twice a day, etc. and so on. It takes time – a post can take 30-60 minutes and I increasingly didn’t have that.
Then I went to the Nature Blogfest in August. I felt a bit of a fraud. Worse, there was a session on roughly “why one gives up blogging” or “should you feel guilty for not blogging”. I’d not blogged for 2-3 weeks and being a speaker/panellist I felt I’d let people down. The session gave me the perspective that there was actually no guilt in not blogging. So I stopped.
I’d not mean to stop for very long, but found there was an impetus to getting restated. And I had a great deal going on here that I had to concentrate on. So, when I woke in the morning, I would do other things than blogging. It’s as simple as that.
However people IRL apparently like some of the blog and I’ve had a few hints to resume. So here we go.
There’s an awful lot to talk about:
- Open Data and Open Knowledge.
- Our Chem4Word project with Microsoft
- Semantic chemistry – ontologies and Chemical Markup Language
I’ve been on trips and missed adding this perspective, so I’ll revisit some of the highlights.
(And this mail will test whether the system works)