A nice article published today by The Scientist made me think that I should start blogging again.
I started blogging about bioinformatics during the first year of my Master Degree. At that time I was really happy about it, and I enjoyed a lot reading blogs and participating to web forums about bioinformatics: my formation as a bioinformatician is mostly the one of an autodidact, as at the time the courses on bioinformatics are not well organized as they are now, and I learned most of what I know by reading blogs on the topic.
After completing the Master and coming again to Barcelona to start the PhD, I started blogging less frequently. For which reasons I stopped blogging? Mostly, a change in my customs, a lot of new things to learn, problems with my hosting service, laziness, because it was too difficult to write in English, or to customize the blog appearance, and maybe also because I had a girlfriend (sounds stupid to say, but now I understand why other people have never thought of blogging, it is difficult to find the time).
Do my research life has been better after I started blogging? I don’t know, but what I know for sure is that my research skills would have been more modest without the period when I have been blogging. I think that the job of a researcher is not so different from the job of a journalist, and that is specially true for bioinformaticians: you have to find something interesting out of the sea of data available out there, and then write an interesting article to tell other people about it.
Will I start blogging again after this? I hope so, but after reading the article from The Scientist, I decided that I should write more about my work, the articles I publish and the conferences that I attend. It will be easier and help my career more. Let’s see if I can do it 🙂