Building a new habit is hard. I saw that with blogging twice already. I started and stopped and started and stopped. Now, I am starting a third time and hoping that my blogging routine will stick.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Does that mean I’m insane? Not at all. I am not doing the same thing over and over, and not only because I learned from mistakes past. I’m not starting the same blog this time.

My blogging will take a new turn. Though writing about physics is fine (and I plan to continue that), I want to start writing about other matters as well. Because academic life is not just the research. And even if it were, my life isn’t just academia. And various things affect my scholarly experience.

All these issues are important. Some people don’t fully understand what the academic life is like; and I want to show the range of scholarly activities to non-academics. Some things we do wrong in academia; these need to be identified, discussed, and addressed. Some aspects of the everyday non-academic life affect our academic experience, or vice versa; and we need to talk about those issues. Research has its emotional side that we don’t talk about often enough; it’s time we changed that.

I don’t know how my blog will change. I might not write as regularly as I used to (which is still an improvement from not writing at all). I might write more, or less. I might experiment with form or content. I might lose readers or gain new.

I don’t know how my blog will change. And I can’t wait to find out.

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  1. I used to do one Japanese exercise with my blog, called “path of the journal” . You have to write every day, no excuses. You’re sick or dead, you have no mood, no time or no internet, doesn’t matter – you have to write a post. The post consists of 3 parts: “wood”, “blade” and “frost”. “Wood” is an interesting history or science fact or an observation that you have learned or saw today; “blade” are your thoughts and ideas on whatever topic you want of an arbitrary size; “frost” is a short single thought, written by you, something like a self-quote. “Frost” is usually the toughest one.

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    1. That’s an interesting idea. Probably not something I’ll try—at least not every day—but it could be an interesting writing exercise. One could, for example, then experiment with writing and publish only the most interesting things. Thanks for the tip!

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