Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just Another Baby Blog

Baby in the sense of very, very young... not in the sense of chronicling each input and emission to or from a human infant, nor the travails of its parents. I just put up the first post in a blog I registered last spring, Well That's Odd, when I started helping out with the Accretionary Wedge. (BTW, I'm a little underwhelmed with the response to my "Flash Wedge" idea... if folks can't be bothered to find an interesting link and drop it in the comments, this is going to be a long, hard slog.) As I describe there, I was happy to have the space, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. Problem solved: science humor.

Here's a secret I didn't reveal there: part of the reason I wanted to do this was that I wanted to better comprehend how the Wordpress platform works. Pretty much everything I can do in Blogger is something I've spent frustrated hours figuring out, even though in the end it most often ends up being intuitive and obvious. Wordpress still is mostly mysterious to me, and it has a lot of bells and whistles that probably do wonderous things, like give everybody a pony, or give the senate life, absorb CO2 and stuff like that. I'm pretty sure, after (wow) nearly two years experience on this platform, that Blogger doesn't have any buttons like that. But enough about me. Go see what oddity I found for you today.


Bryan said...

I am also considering leaving blogger for wordpress, for much the same reasons. Though I think my move won't get going until the summer. I also hear that NOVA geoblog might be making the switch as well.

Lockwood said...

I'm not "leaving" OTI or Blogger, and I don't really mind Blogger and whatever shortcomings it may have. But the majority of bloggers have a fairly disciplined and defined topic area, and I want to try that style too. OTI has from the outset been eclectic and wide-ranging, depending on whatever strikes me as engaging at the moment. I have a lot of fun with that format, though I'm sure I've lost readers who find it jarring or occasionally offensive. C'est la vie. I just want to expand my horizons a little, and science humor is widely enjoyed (see "The Far Side"), there's a lot of it out there, and it won't add any more "work" to my day than I want it to.

Callan Bentley said...

Yeah, guys -- I'm bailing on Blogger, as of next week. I'll explain then, after I get the new blog all orchestrated and fleshed-out.