Today's blogging theme seems to be quite a success! DrugMonkey has even posted an overview on Scientopia
. Brian and Genomic Repairman were inquiring on WorkLife Posts thread
about the interest in doing more themed blogging in the future, and I would be up for it.
A couple of questions come to the fore:
1) How often? Once a month? More often? Less often?
2) Topic suggestions?
What do you guys (bloggers and readers) think?
Maybe once a month, it might just be too difficult if we tried more frequently. Another topic kicking around in the back of my brain is mentorship style of our PI's (past and present) and the need for changing styles as we progress? A second one that I think is important is women in science and WTF are you doing about it.
Once a month is probably a good idea.
Possible topics - how to choose a science career (I think we have a decent representation of academia, industry, and journalism) and adventures in writing (grants, manuscripts, etc...). I also like GR's ideas.
I agree with Dr. O's idea of choosing a career. Maybe that should be next?
Those are all great ideas. I vote for once a month or every 2 months just so we don't run out of topics, Unless if we can come up with more than 24 off the top of our head, it might be hard to sustain that amount of posting!
Personally, I was thinking either monthly or bi-monthly as well.
I like the theme ideas. I've also thought about something along the lines of 'what I wish I knew before starting (grad school/postdoc/job...)'
It might be fun to have a topic that's a little lighter, too. Perhaps Angry Scientist might have some ideas here ;)
i like the sound of "what i wish i knew before starting... [whatever]", think i could definitely come up with something for that. women in science too i'm sure i could write about. career related posts could be a bit more of a challenge considering i have no career to speak of, but i don't mind sitting out occasionally.
we could wait to see how many potential topics we can come up with before deciding on the frequency, but monthly or bi-monthly sounds manageable to me.
How about a day in the life of.. what work/school is actually like on a typical day. Im good w every month or 2.
@Belle, Angry is the alter ego of someone on this site... Shh, don't tell anyone ;)
I'm good with once a month. Maybe like the first week of every month.
I think that why you picked your PhD lab would be a good topic, or maybe what you'd do if you weren't doing what you are doing? (For instance, I'd be a meteorologist).
I'd own a saltwater fish store, or maybe be a web developer (I guess I kind of already do that :P).
I like once a month or twice a month if the topics were light-hearted. I was thinking of something like stories from the lab like the worst seminar speaker ever or the strangest thing you've seen in the lab in the middle of the night-- something along those lines.
I like the once a month idea - and maybe we can skip one if it doesn't apply? My suggestions:
1. science confessions - more space to truly explain than in the twitter space (can we also coordinate something on twitter?)
2. how did you get where you are and are you finished?
3. pet peeve with how your science is shown in movies/TV
4. has science training helped with other parts of your life?
5. not sure if this would work but maybe we could ask question of each other (cross-post) to explain something that has always confused us (for me, I'm stumped with most physics things)
Ok, so now let's set a date and topic for the next one! Make a new thread and I'll "Sticky" it to the top so we don't forget. I guess we could also always do the first and 3rd Tuesday of every month?
maybe we should all vote on the next topic?
to make it easier, here are all the suggestions from this thread in a handy list:
1) mentorship style of PIs
2) women in science
3) how to choose a science career (or maybe how we chose / are choosing our careers?)
4) what i wish i knew before starting...
5) a day in the life
6) worst seminar speaker ever
7) strangest thing you've seen in the lab in the middle of the night
8) science confessions
9) how did you get where you are and are you finished?
10) pet peeve with how your science is shown in movies/TV
11) has science training helped with other parts of your life?
anyone have any other suggestions before we decide?