Thursday, March 22, 2012

A short while ago, a means of contacting a wider audience about to be embarked upon, became ... unavailable. It was unfortunate, I still think it is. It does mean that I've been putting some thought into how I can go about contributing to changing the world. Which I would very much like to do. The political process looks entirely to moribund to be able to do anything with. The Greens are the only ones who appear to have the will to do anything and whilst I largely agree with most of their policies, where I disagree, I disagree majorly. Which leaves education. Education of the populace is quite tricky if the population can't hear you though. Ideally I'd like the readership of this blog to grow (it's small but not non-existent - I know, I can see you all) to the point where people ask questions and draw others in. Looking back on it as it currently stands, it focuses, I think a little to much on the exasperation I feel almost daily as a result political inanity from both sides of the isle and the complete lack of journalistic standards at the herald.

A couple of things lately have got me thinking, the sub-heading/quote from Stats chat for one: "Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." – H.G. Wells. Which doesn't mean that I'm going to try and turn this into a stats blog. There's been a couple of posts on Sciblogs recently about communicating science - with a talk by Peter Gluckman as a basis and one one how to blog about science when you're primary topic isn't that amenable to the general population. I'm a systems biologist, which I have to say, I find a tad tricky to incorporate into daily blogging. So what I'm going to try and do, is try and start talking about the scientific tools that I use and how they could possibly relate to the world around me and society in general. Though if I get bored I might talk about food for a bit. or other random bits of cool.

So I know there's not many of you reading this, but I would find it helpful, if you could question my posts or even, shock, horror, when I manage a good post, forward it to anyone else who might appreciate or like to question the central thesis.



  1. Definitely endorse the 'write what you know' sentiment when it comes to blogging. It's not about the hit-counter, although it's nice when people do visit and leave comments. Ultimately you should choose topics to write about that you'd still want to make a contribution on even if no-one reads them.

    Do you contribute comments to other blogs using your profile? Aside from making contacts, you do get a bit of back-traffic if you make sensible points.

    Either that, or just mention Justin Bieber in every post.

  2. It's not so much the hit counter, - though, as you say, nice to know there's someone out there). it's more that more and more I've found that the writing is becoming all about exasperation, mainly with the herald. Which is not what I set out to do nor something I especially want to focus on. Insufficient focus on my (somewhat rudimentary) ideas being put put in the crucible though, for my liking.

    I do make comments elsewhere, which has brought a few people in I suspect. Which is a good thing. You'll figure out when I go the Justin Bieber route - it'll be when you stop seeing any posts from me whatsoever :)