Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I undersold the Tumblr, so I'm trying this again.

I'm really insecure about my future. So when the career center/marketing lady in a recent "What to do with your life" seminar said that building an online presence is actually becoming really important, even in science, I decided to take her seriously. I mean, I'm on the internet all the time anyway, so I may as well try to do something productive with it. Like, AHEM, a new layout for this blog? And the beer blog? I know they're not anything professional, but I put a little more time into them both than I had before, and I think they look nice enough.

Anyway, about the Tumblr. It's going to be kind of what Tumblr intends it to be, which is mainly narratives in photos, as opposed to here, which is a lot of word vomit, which if you're reading this you know already. But anyway, in the last few days of using the Tumblr, I've found a few more uses for it than I initially thought I would have. For example, I kind of want to show off the recipes I've been trying on Pinterest, but wasn't really interested in posting that here. Tumblr is perfect. I'll just post the link to the recipe, and the picture I took of the version I made, and boom.

Also, regarding grad school, I've been bouncing around this idea -- partly inspired by this blog -- of reintroducing civilized society to scientists. Even though geeky is en vogue right now, people still seem to have really bizarre impressions about the kinds of people who are scientists. So I wanted to focus on something that I find really interesting, which is music, and ask the people I work with: What do you listen to while you're working? And I started posting that kind of stuff on the Tumblr as well.

Anyway. I'm definitely buying into that whole "catch 'em all" idea of social media (except for Twitter. I just can't with that shit) but I'm going to do my best to make it interesting. And yes, I know that probably for a lot of people, what I cooked or what color my nails are doesn't constitute 'interesting', but maybe if you're reading this and you actually know me and you're tired of Charming Wholesomeness prolixity, you may find the Tumblr to be satisfying bite-sized snippets of what you know and love about me.

So, follow the hopping bunny over to the as of yet untitled Tumblr...


  1. Awesome! I'm totally with you on this... one of my goals is to build an online presence in the medical blogging community, and maybe someday write a book. Everyone is online these days, it seems.

    I am gonna go check out your tumblr now... Good luck! :)

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! Do you think that not having a blog that is specifically about medical blogging, but has many topics, will be detrimental in any way? I'm wondering if I shouldn't try to separate the science stuff out entirely, but it seems like that's spreading myself too thin.

  3. No, not at all. I think you can make your blog whatever you want to make it. I think the more important thing is that you make it into something that you find worthwhile to put time and effort into. The beauty of blogs is that they are all at least slightly different, so there is something out there for every reader.

    At first I wasn't sure if I wanted my blog to JUST be about med school and nothing else, and I considered the idea of having a blog for med school, and one for other stuff, but I realized that in order for me to feel motivated to write in it and make an effort, I wanted to include personal stories, miscellaneous thoughts, whatever I felt like, all in ONE place. And I think some readers enjoy the mix of personal (or whatever other topics you choose include) to get a good balance.