Meme me up, Scotty

Jun 16 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

There's this thing going around--a meme, if you will (and I will!),  wherein a blogger asks his or her readers to divulge personal information about themselves. Just kidding! Sort of.

It goes like this, thanks to Ed Yong, (and thanks to Drugmonkey, Odyssey, and GertyZ for keeping it going):

Tell me about you. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? If so, what draws you here as opposed to meatier, more academic fare? And if not, what brought you here and why have you stayed? Let loose with those comments.

In particular, I'm interested in this last bit, and in particular particular, whether you found me because of the TT job search advice aggregator. I've noticed that a number of legit websites (like University career links, individual lab home pages and whatnot) have linked to it, so I'm wondering if for some of you, this was part of your introduction to the larger world of academic blogging.

I want to get to know you, you crazy people! Let it all out.

47 responses so far

  • DrLizzyMoore says:

    Hi! I honestly cannot remember how I found you (whether it was Twitter or the Tightrope or DMblog)-regardless it was not the advice aggregator. Enjoy your twitterations and your blog.

    • Dr Becca says:

      I very much enjoy your twitterations as well, Dr Lizzy Moore! Your insight into the life of a new faculty person has been both invaluable and terrifying.

  • Dr 27 says:

    I think it was because a lot of the people I follow were commenting on your entries. I think what "did it" was that I saw the TT aggregator in one of the links that someone RTd and it went from there. It might have been through Genomic Repairman and BiochemBelle that I started following you. It's been great knowing you!

  • gerty-z says:

    helloooo!! I started reading you shortly after I found academic-track blogs, but I can't remember how I found you. Keep up the good work :)

  • DrugMonkey says:

    I found you cause you commented on some blog or other that I read. Mine maybe? Anyway it was the insanity of your geographic snobbery on the TT job hunt that got me really hooked.

    Now I tune in to see how you are faring careerwise.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    I'm just here for the booze.

  • lin says:

    Hi! I am a neuroscience PhD student, doubting about continuing science (my heart says yes) or back out (my practical side, what are the chances...). I follow you to see what could be ahead of me, and if I think I can handle the stuff you write about. I think I came to your blog via other blogs I read, not sure how though...

  • george says:

    Hi! I'm a software engineer and meditation instructor. The former to feed the fam., the latter as my passion. The meditation piece is, for me, extremely multi-faceted but I'm intensely interested in the study of consciousness.

    So the likelihood is that the word 'neuroscience' in your bio caught my searches. Though you don't spend a lot of time dwelling on neuroscience, your ruminations, career, etc. are such a different world from mine that I keep tuning it. And I enjoy your writing style. (c:

    • Dr Becca says:

      Wow, it's great to hear that my ramblings are interesting to someone fairly removed from my usual circle. Glad you're enjoying reading. And for the record, I do spend a lot of time dwelling on neuroscience--it just happens when I'm not blogging :)

  • APhdsLife says:

    I found you while searching for a gig in academia a couple of years ago. I've been hooked ever since! I am in a different discipline than you (chemistry), but you are full of great information!

    • Dr Becca says:

      Yes! I think you were one of the first people ever to blogroll me, so thanks for that, and for staying tuned all these years! Er...1 yr 9 mos.

  • i have no idea how I found, maybe through a comment on my blog or a comment on someone elses. But i've stuck around for the booze too :)

  • Connie says:

    I'm just a guy who prefers a rational world outlook as opposed to the nonsense I find elsewhere.

    No background in science to speak of, though I've always been fascinated by science. No advanced degrees, just a couple of AS.

    As kind of an average Joe, with a general interest in science, but no deep interest in any specific area, I don't have the time or expertise to indulge in the meatier, more academic fare. I take a survey of science in general by visiting several science blogs and sites daily.

    I found you by following people leaving scienceblogs.com. I keep coming back because reading science based blogs is a more sane window to the world than any other form of media.

  • Jon Moulton says:

    I tend to hang with science sorts. Digital life is no different that way.

    I'm a scientist in industry, making Morpholino oligos, troubleshooting, developing products, and posting citations for Morpholino papers. I've not totally escaped the life though; even though I'm in industry, I go home and edit my wife's grant applications.

    Since you are soliciting comments on Twitter and it's Friday, well there you go.

  • Scicurious says:

    Oh hai. :) I hang around cause you're awesome. I think I found you via Drugmonkey. And obviously, I am SCICURIOUS.

  • Cousin L says:

    I'm related to you and think you're pretty cool. My favorite blog entry you did was about your TV interview when your paper was published. :) Also, you're a great writer and even though I'm not in science, I hope I'd have found this blog anyway. And since I live near New Job City, maybe we can do cocktails and you can teach me some stuff there too. :)

  • katiesci says:

    I started reading your blog long ago via a comment you made (or that she made about you) on Dr. Isis's blog. I was hooked from the start by the funny, the alcohol, and your trials on the road to tenure track.

    I'm a first year grad student doing neuroscience research in the great, white north (North Dakota, that is).

  • Giorgio says:

    I don't remember how I found you on the first place but for sure was related to job search since last year I was on the job market too. You ended up in my google reader because you're funny, mainly. Cheers.

  • Dr. Sneetch says:

    Delurking here -- I enjoy reading your blog.

  • Alethea says:

    I found you because I liked your comments on Dr. Isis' blog! I'm a neuro/biophysics grad student, I harbor dreams of going into academia, but I also have a two-body problem, so the future is terrifyingly uncertain at this point.

  • I found you through your comments on DrugMonkey's blog. You make consistently thoughtful comments and he would regularly respond with a little extra, um, snark*. Getting DrugMonkey's goat is an achievement on its own, so that's enough of a reason to follow your blog. You also provide an inspiring window into the early science career process.

    *y'all native English speakers can figure out the right words for this sort of thing.

  • Laura says:

    I'm a neuroscience PhD student (entering 4th year... where did the time go?). I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I stuck around because you seem awesome. And I might be in your shoes someday, so it's "work-related" (ahem, typing this from lab right now...).

    • Dr Becca says:

      That's right! This blog is VERY important for your career. Write it off as a tax deduction, if you can! Good luck in your 4th year, that's a doozy. But you're over the hump (probably)!

  • chall says:

    hm, I think I found you somewhere with ScientistMother/Isis/Drugmonkey/
    GR/BiochemBelle? it's been a while so I don't really remember.

    I've read more than i comment I think.... but throughtly enjoy reading your funny and insightful posts. Oh, and the booze of course :) I'm a former microbiology postdoc, now in "industry" trying to find out what I want to do now* with my career.

    *after opting out of TT hunt and that professorship that I really thought I wanted

    • Dr Becca says:

      It HAS been a while, chall! I remember you from my early days as a wee blogspotter. Ah, memories..... I hope industry is treating you well!

      • chall says:

        :) awww, I'm flattered you'd remember that!

        It is interesting on the other side of the wall... more paperwork for sure. But all in all, I feel like it's more similar than people give it credit for.

  • Soupy says:

    I'm a lurker. Hello! I think I found you either from Dr. Isis or Drugmonkey... I'm an all over the place lurker, so it's hard to remember who came first.

    And I enjoy reading your success story! Academia seems a bit disheartening lately, it's nice to hear from someone who has actually "made it".

    • Dr Becca says:

      Thanks for de-lurking, Soupy! Glad to know I can bring a tiny ray of hope, faint though it may be, to readers hoping to stay on the tenure-track track.

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