“Building confidence” in blogging

Like I mentioned last week, my advisor is always up for a challenge. After I told him about the senior scientist blogging challenge that came out of Science Blogging 2008, he immediately signed up for a WordPress blog and posted three entries. His blog is aptly named, Building confidence. :)

Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have our work cut out for us. The “official” criteria include:

  • The seniority and reputation of the blogger (both in absolute terms and in comparison to the person who convinced them to blog)
  • Their previous lack of experience with blogging and other new-fangled online habits
  • The quality and quantity of the posts, their relevance to science, and any demonstrable positive impact they might have already had
  • Other criteria that will no doubt occur to us later

I think we’re ok on the first one, but the second one is trouble. He did have a pseudo-blog over at PharmGKBlog. And sometimes I think my advisor has more new-fangled online habits than I do, what with his obsession with his iPhone and my resistance to ever having a phone with any semblance of intelligence. So I think our best hope is to do a good job on the third criterion (and hope that the fourth-nth criteria are harmless).

Regardless of how the competition pans out, I’m very interested to see what other senior scientist blogs start up as a result! Has anyone else gotten their senior scientist off the ground blogging yet?

3 Responses to “Building confidence” in blogging

  1. rpg says:

    I’d be interested in finding out how this is all going. Do you think we should open a FriendFeed room for the purpose?

    Right, I’m going to email Timo about this…

  2. shwu says:

    Hmm.. I’m not sure what a FF room would add other than another layer of aggregation. But a way to keep track of these senior scientist blogs would definitely be cool. Perhaps another carnival??

  3. rpg says:

    It needs to be something ongoing. I;d just like to see them all in one place to make my job easier…

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