Has it really been 3 months since my last post? Sheesh….
So, you may have noticed, dear readers, that this blog went quiet for quite a while. Well, there’re a couple of reasons for that.
- Health. January featured two rounds of strep throat — one of which landed me in the emergency room — and a bout with some weird viral thing that was worse than a cold but not as bad as the flu. Suffice to say, the month wore the hell out of me.
- General life busy-ness. Two kids, a wife, a full time job, and a house all consume a lot of time. Sometimes blogging has to be put to the side.
- Motivation. Once I got out of the habit, it’s been hard to get back in the habit.
But taking that break gave me the opportunity to think about where I want to go with the blog and what I want to do with it. And here’s what I came up with:
- I put undue pressure on myself to get two posts a week up. I’ve decided I’m going to take a more leisurely, occasional approach. If I have something to write about, then I’ll write about it. If I don’t, then I don’t.
- Overall, I’m going to turn this into more of a musings kind of blog than an “explaining topic X” one. But that doesn’t mean I plan on ignoring current science news and events. Expect to see occasional feature-y posts where I hold forth, mixed with more frequent “Hey this cool thing happened in science!” kind of posts. That will include links to stuff that I write in other places, like Boston Children’s Hospital’s Vector (where I’m a staff writer).
- The Science Small Plates just didn’t work. A few of you may have like them, but overall, they got the least traffic of any of my posts. Sorry folks, but that menu won’t be offered anymore.
- There’s a particular topic area that I’ve become interested in…the natural sources of drugs. I’m not talking about herbal medicine, but rather the plants, animals, and microbes from which the drugs we use every day came. Like breast cancer drugs that come from tree bark, or molecules from soil microbes that help prevent organ transplant rejection. To that end, I’ve started a new page on this blog called Farmacopoeia. As I learn things in this area, I’ll post them there. If I get into the topic enough, I may start a separate, more targeted blog. But let’s cross that bridge if we come to it, ‘eh?
Thank you for sticking with me, dear readers, during my unexpected but I think fruitful absence. Let’s get back to it.