Exactly one month ago today, I started this weblog. One month old, I am just a baby blogger, still learning and developing. Maybe it is too early to say how productive this weblog will be. But, like we usually do when carrying out a research project, it is good to take a look at how we are doing along the way. OK, let’s take a look at the stats so far.
Blog Stats: Total Views: 231; Best Day Ever: 23 — Sunday, January 13, 2008
Totals: Posts: 6; Comments: 12; Categories: 7
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Glad that we have 231 hits, not a big number, not that we expect the big number anyway, just hope the visits were worthwhile for those who stopped by. Hey, we even had the visits by blogger gurus, Jean-Claude Bradley, Mitch, and Ψ*Ψ, and hey, thanks for taking time to leave the comments. As expected, the most visits were referred from our group homepage.
I still hope to have other lab members to join the fun with this weblog. I have approached a couple guys but so far no one jumped in yet. Heck, I don’t even know if they read my posts! I think blog, if utilized properly, is one of the great platforms for developing important skills such as writing, presentation, communication, and more importantly, for developing ideas and presenting them. I admire those, especially undergrad and grad students, who choose to write blog posts rather than doing other things, like playing video games, watching TV, etc. For me, this blog is more or less a way to relieve boredom…from the good life in the Corn Nation… Learning and developing should be good medicine for that! At the same times, I thought documenting some activities in and around the lab would be a good idea, especially I hope to write about some interesting experiences and technical details of some experiments that usually are not included in papers. I think these are good materials for blog posts and they might be of interest and helpful to some. All in all, this blog is like one bullet for two birds!
Over all evaluation–with a few hits and only 6 posts, plus my failure to convince anyone in the lab to join in–I would give myself a D grade. What grade would you give me?