I think I’m developing a split blogging personality.
Getting the new blog going is a bit like starting a new job, and trying to make a good first impression is tough. As Helen Fielding explained in the first Bridget Jones book, people are likely to base their opinion of you on some random strange thing that happens to slip out of your mouth when you’re not paying attention*. I’m therefore on my best behaviour and not deviating from my brief of “you can write about whatever you want, as long as it’s about science”.
In contrast, coming here is like hanging out with non-work friends. It feels more comfortable and relaxed, and I can get away with being goofy and waffling on about monkeys or my favourite novel. I also get to have interesting comment conversations (commversations?), whereas comments seem to be thin on the ground on most Nature Network blogs. This is probably because most people use their real names and are also on their best behaviour. It’s a shame because there are some great blogs over there (current favourites are listed on my blog roll on the right).
I’ve never previously been able to hide my goofiness and weird sense of humour from a new employer for more than a couple of months, so it’ll all be downhill for the new blog pretty soon. Just like at my real job, where I’m now being teased for my pencil theory (see last post). Friday drinks are surely only a few weeks away now.
*I’m paraphrasing from memory here, I don’t have the book with me in Canada but I’ve read it enough times to remember the gist of it.
ETA: I’ve now successfully lowered the tone over at Nature Network. And getting more comments for it! The two are clearly related.