I recently had a brainstorming session about how to develop a more consistent blogging routine. My previous attempts have focused on blogging about something I am passionate about (i.e. board games) or close derivatives of that (i.e. preparing for a board game conference). Yet, while I am certainly passionate about board games and enjoy the hard work of preparing for a board game conference, this has not translated into a very active blog.
After some reflection, I think this is because blogging is a creative act and I want my creations to be of value. I love the board game Alchemists and I love to talk about how much depth and strategy it has. However, I have a hard time imaging most people assigning much value to a few paragraphs of me gushing about a board game that I really like. Likewise, most people will probably not assign much value to a description of my early efforts to prepare for my first board game conference. This is especially true since there are so many great resources out there already on how to prepare for a board game conference.
So, what to do? In research, sometimes you get stuck in a rough patch or find that your approach is not working. During my postdoc this happened and my advisor suggested that we “pivot”. Specifically, we incorporate what we have learned to help us change our approach. For the purposes of this blog, I now needed to identify a topic that I feel like I can contribute something of value to. Ideally, this topic is also be related at least tangentially to Gut Instinct. Neutrophils? Too nerdy. In n Out Burger? Too unrelated. Science jokes during research presentations? Bingo.
There are a number of reasons why I think this topic is a great fit for this blog. However, this…is a blog and the last thing I want is to run out of ideas for entries. In other words, see you next time as I detail why I am so excited about this topic and why I can finally contribute something of value!