Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Last post

I've decided to stop updating this blog. There's a whole bunch of reasons why. In no particular order:

1. I feel like this was a record of my time as a grad student, and that period in my life has been over for a while now.

2. I actually have a job that it looks like I might quite enjoy. And, you know, maybe even want to keep. If I post rude things about the other project members on the internet behind their backs, maybe I won't get to keep it after all. And without posting rude things about my colleagues, maybe I won't have enough blogging material (see point 4).

3. In the last couple of weeks, I've become aware that a few colleagues, both at my university, and people I know in a professional setting from other universities, have started reading here. This feels really weird to me.*

For those of you who've been hanging around since forever, you may remember that a couple of years ago a post here was featured on Lifehacker, and I got 7000 hits by lunchtime. My writing muscles were completely paralysed for the next few days, mainly because I had no real sense of who my audience was. This feels a bit like that, except maybe from the opposite direction. I do have a clear sense of who my audience is, and it's become a bit too diverse for comfort. Up until recently, I think most of my readers were other pseudonymous bloggers with whom I had a sort of reciprocal reading arrangement. Now I think maybe close to half my daily hits are people from my real life. And that just feels odd. I'm thinking I might try, you know, TALKING to people instead of blogging.

4. I've run out of parrots. I've posted over 100 photos of parrots, and that's pretty much all there is. Yes, in the whole of Australia.

5. I've heard there's this thing called the Real World. I'm thinking about spending some time in it. Well, either that or on Facebook.

I think I had some more reasons, but I've been putting off writing this post for so long that I've forgotten them all. (Reason #6: I keep on putting off writing here, which is maybe a clue that I don't actually WANT to keep writing here. And I'm totally over doing jobs that I don't want to do for no money. (Thanks, Academia.))

I'm going to keep the blog up here, for a year or so, or until I figure out how to back it up in a form I'm happy with. And you never know, I might find I don't get the hang of this Real World thing, and am back here again this time tomorrow.

We'll see.

Thanks to all you wonderful readers for the past few years of loyalty, hilarity, community and other things that end in -ity. Seriously, though, you've been some of the best things (and people—I'm pretty sure you aren't all inanimate objects) in my life in the past few years. The only reason I've been hesitating to shut this blog down for the past few months is because of you. (And you. And you.) I'm even a little bit grateful to the trolls: it's nice to think I've had my own little pet trolls from time to time. (I wonder if that's an achievement I could list on my CV?)

PS: I'm leaving comments open, because I'd love you to say goodbye if you want to do so, but please don't think I'm fishing for people to ask me not to stop blogging, because if you do that you'll just make me feel guilty and that's no fun for either of us.

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* Shannon, this is not about you. Nor is it about you, Joanna! If I haven't mentioned your name in this footnote, then yes, it probably IS about YOU.

73 Comments:

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

SAD. One of my all-time favorite blogs.

Rebecca said...

Aaaarrrghhhh!!!! You are the second blog in my top 5 favorites that has decided to go away in the last few months. I am becoming desolate. :(

I totally understand, but that doesn't make it any easier to say goodbye.

I still remember the first post that brought me to your blog. You had put up a picture of WTF in Greek or Latin or something, and I found it so wildly amusing that I had to link to it from my blog (long deceased but not nearly as amusing as yours is).

Out of the way too many blogs I read and enjoy, yours has always been one of the most consistently interesting/entertaining. It's absence is going to leave a big hole in the blogosphere. I won't beg you to stay, but I sincerely hope you end up finding a way to continue that's comfortable for you.

Psycgirl said...

I agree - SAD :( I love your blog and I've been reading it forever. But, I hope you enjoy the real world!

Geeka said...

I am sorry that you decided to call it quits, but I can understand.

You were one of the first people that I started reading on a regular basis when I started blogging (the other being Dr. BH), and you both were inspirations in me starting my own blog(s).

I will miss the convo's with Geekman.

Have fun in your new academic career, and may it be everything you wish for. (and I will see you on FB)

jokerine said...

I'll miss you too. Love how to the point your writing is. Much luck and such for enjoying your job. and I'll keep you in my feedreader just so I know when you come back.

Propter Doc said...

Good luck with the job, and the blog-free life! I'm sorry to see you stop, but you got to do what works for you. Have fun!

RageyOne said...

all the best with the gig! i've also enjoyed your writing, and you'll be missed.

love the footnote!

post-doc said...

I said, "oh, no," and sighed as soon as I saw your title. You've always been this brilliant spot of insight and humor in our little community and I'll miss that very much. At the same time, I hope you're so happy with your new job and the future offers you much success (and monetary rewards for work you do).

Seeking Solace said...

I am shocked and sad. I am going to miss those parrot photos.

Best of luck to you!

Albatross said...

I'm a longtime reader, but infrequent commenter. You will be missed but I wish you the nest in your real-life adventures and new job!

Meagan said...

I'll definitely miss the humor that comes across in your posts. I especially enjoy the little snips of absurd/hilarious conversations you have.

Good luck!

liina said...

How sad... make sure to start again once the babies come along :)

Richard Crawford said...

I've totally enjoyed your blog but my lack of comments wouldn't demonstrate that. Sorry about that.

Anyway. A totally rational decision, made after careful consideration with unusually good reasons. Still, it hurts the world.

Terminal Degree said...

It was nice reading your blog! Best wishes to you.

Judith Buendgens-Kosten said...

Darn it! One less opportunity to procrastinate! Now that you aren't blogging any more, I'll have to download auto-procrastination software. *arg*

Have fun in RL!

Julep said...

Bye and good luck!

The History Enthusiast said...

Oh, I'm sad! You are one of my favorites too...and I look forward to your posts.

I certainly understand your hesitation when more and more of your readers are people you know IRL. I hope to see you around facebook!

ariberkana said...

Oh, I'm sad! One of my favorite blogs to read. I really enjoyed your quirky stories and photos.

Good luck with the job and the Real World. I'm going to leave it on my Bloglines in case you ever start up again, be it here or on another blog.

Take care!

sheepish said...

I'm sorry to see you go, but I get it. Good luck to you, and to Geekman (I'm still hoping to run into him at a conference some day)!

Miss Marie said...

I am sad. I've been reading since I was trapped in Europe a couple years ago. You've definitely made my studies more interesting. Thanks and good luck.

Ursula said...

NOOOOOOOO!!!! I only just found your blog few weeks ago--to have loved and lost so soon, alas!

Well, I do understand the decision, though, and I wish you the very best of luck in all you do.

EthidiumBromide said...

Aw! You will be so missed!

physics*chick said...

Awww! We'll miss you! Good luck with your job and life in the real world!

Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson said...

Your blog will be missed. By now there's little else I can do but join in the choir.

Bardiac said...

I'm going to miss reading your blog, Styley, and seeing your lovely parrot pics!

Take good care, and good luck with your new gig.

Ianqui said...

Add me to the list of sad ones. And definitely let me know if you start again somewhere else! Your writing style is always a bright spot in my day, and I'll miss it.

canuck_grad said...

Boo! I'm going to miss the conversations with Geekman too! And other random bits of weird things that happen to you.

ScienceGirl said...

I will miss your posts and humor, but I can relate to your motivation. Good luck at this new stage in your life!

Jana said...

Oh, I'll miss the window on your life (and Geekman's). But I understand that you're moving on. Best wishes, Styley.

Maude Lebowski said...

i am going to miss you! best of luck!

hairyfarmerfamily said...

Oh! So very Sad!

StyleyGeek said...

Awww... thanks, guys. I'll miss you too.

yolio said...

Well, I won't guilt trip you. By all means, get on with your life if that is what is needed. But you will be missed. You have been one of the funniest parts of my day for months now. I guess I'll just have to go back and read your archives.

crip said...

It's so sad to see you go. Good luck in the real world.

Anonymous said...

I understand, but I'll miss you.

For what it's worth, I have no idea who you are in real life. I'm just a lowly grad student in need of a bit of fun procrastination :)

Good luck with your job!

USJogger said...

Thanks, Styley! See you around cyberspace.

Dance said...

Well, hey, best of luck to you! Mostly just a distant lurker, but I've enjoyed reading. No harm if I leave it in my feedreader, though.

I bet your list of commenters has a lot of new-to-me blogs I would like, but I'm resisting finding more ways to procrastinate.

Kate said...

Oh Styleygeek! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog these past few months ... I will especially miss the parrot pictures and conversations with Geekman. You're incredibly witty, talented, and if you ever decide to come back to the blogosphere... no one will complain :)

Anonymous said...

What they said! In case you are curious, I'm not a blogger, just an academic in the UK ... I shall miss your blog. Especially as most of my family has emigrated to Australia - I felt I understand a little of their lives - and I shall miss the parrots too. Here's hoping you change your mind.

kb said...

oh, so sad...but thanks for the memories! I particularly enjoyed your blog because it was the only australian PhD student blog that I could find that was truly insightful and amusing. Thanks again and good luck! kb (she of the attempted alas failed brainy blog :) )

Sarah said...

Good luck with everything :)

Dame Eleanor Hull said...

Also joining the choir. I'm sure talking to people is vastly overrated. :-) It was nice getting to know the blog-you.

Shannon said...

Oh :-( sad!! but thanks for the footnote, I was feeling guilty as I was reading down that I may have contributed to the demise! I've loved reading. Your blog was so entertaining, you had me in stitches many times! I'll miss getting updates on your world! Good luck with the job!

Citronella said...

I can't say much that hasn't been written already... you will be missed! Good luck with your life in the Real World!

Weekend_Viking said...

Oh bother.

And I'm sure there are a lot of parrots you missed - There are lots I met in the NT and SA that I'm sure had heard only distant whispers of the bounty to be had at your office window, and hadn't yet made the decision to investigate.

You can always come and join the rest of us slumming it on Livejournal if you have the urge to blog.

Kelly said...

I'm with the rest of them - I discovered you, BH, Geeka, and Ethidium Bromide at the same time, and it won't be the same without you. That being said, I understand your reasons exactly and I share some of them in my own life.

I'll see you on Facebook too! :)

Thanks for several great years of reading material.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Aw, dang. I hear you on the guilt thing, so I won't fall on my knees and beg you to keep blogging, but I will say that this is one of the funniest and most charming blogs I've read, and I will certainly miss you. Best of luck!

Amanda said...

If you must...

It's been a real pleasure reading your blog.

Amanda

JaneB said...

Understandable, but sad. I love your writing, and will particularly miss the convo's with Geekman (I shared a house with a theoretical physicist and two not-quite-so-theoretical physcal scientists my first two years of grad school, and these convos remind me of that vividly).

Hope you have fun in the Real World and, if you start blogging again somewhere else, or in a different form, I'd love to hear about it.

Jessi said...

I understand your reasons for walking away, so I hope that's the right decision for you. And if you come back (or move to another writing place), don't hesitate to let some of us know!

(And like Rebecca mentioned, you're actually the third blogger today that I've read about who has decided to stop blogging. Maybe it's something in the air? hehe)

Grace Dalley said...

I feel there should be an ABBA song for this sort of occasion...like, "Thank You for the Music"...

Thank you for the blogging, Styley, it's been awesome! You are such a witty, amusing writer. Not to mention the parrot pictures, perhaps Weekend Viking could take over this task? It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it! ;-)

Best of luck with the new job and the Real World and all that.

And I will see you sometime out in that big room with the blue ceiling....

Love, G.

Mentor said...

You're the person who prompted me to start reading blogs these last 2.5 years. I've never read as many witty posts in one place. But wit was not all: the posts were also inspiring. I too was a grad student, and I too have finished my phd and found a stable job (albeit as a tenured lecturer at my preferred university, so academia has been kinder to me for the moment).

I didn't care much about the parrots, mind you, as I'm not much of a parrot squeezer. But even those posts were entertaining, with quite beautiful pictures.

I feel like trying to convince you that the Real World is a fallacy, etc. but I can understand that knowing too many of your readers in the Real World somehow makes the very concept of a blog an impasse.

'Tis good that you have, at last, found a decent job. I trust this is only the beginning of a successful career. Long live StyleyGeek!

My regards to Geekman.

Dorie said...

ah phooey! I'm going to miss you. Thanks for all your interesting observations. Look at all these comments posted- you've made lots of blogging friends. If you have news, we'll be around cheering for you. Hugs, Dorie in Maryland, USA

Tom said...

I've very much enjoyed reading your posts, which have enlightened my mornings as I browse the internet, drink coffee and put off the moment when I start doing work. But it's fair enough to choose a time to move on to other things.

Just celebrate what you have done. The posts on FTG will always remain fresh and inspiring: they shall not grow old as we that are left shall grow old. The last post marks a significant passing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8765ojUCtc

nailpolishblues said...

I shall miss reading you. Hope the real world stuff works out.

Jen said...

I will really miss you. :) Happy trails.

quietandsmalladventures said...

oh sad news, but yay that you might really like your new job! also i know what you mean about people IRL reading your blog, it's weird isn't it? i have a bit of that going on myself.

ZaPaper said...

I really enjoyed your parrots and occasional guest lizards. Good luck with things!

EcoGeoFemme said...

I'll miss you too! You're one of the most reliable bloggers around -- always short and funny.

I can understand why you want to stop, though. Good luck on your journey.

liz said...

Sad, but completely not guilting you into staying.

Feel free to wander by and comment at my place!

Addy N. said...

I'll miss you, too- but I know I can still find you on Facebook! Maybe it's time for you to murder me at Scrabble again...

alicepawley said...

I'm sad too. I've enjoyed reading you over the years. Thanks for providing lots of snickers... best of luck. Cheers.

Tur i oturen said...

Sad. I'll miss reading your blog. It's one of the very few that I still read regularly. But don't feel pressured to keep it going if you don't enjoy it anymore.

P.S. Google searching on my own name in preparation for job applications made me definitely decide to end and delete my own blog (which was supposed to be anonymous).

Chaser said...

Styley! Rock hard and ride free out there in the Real World.

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JustMe said...

wow, so sad to see you go styley. take care. you on fb?

Unbalanced Reaction said...

Good luck! I *need* my anonymity; I'm not sure what I would do if I lost it.

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I'll be sad to see you go. I don't think I've delurked before, but I had to this time to say thanks. Your blog was always a welcome and entertaining distraction from writing up. I wish you the best of luck in your future real life :)

Weekend_Viking said...

Clearly, you need more cover identities if this one is blown

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Aw, that's too bad. I just found your blog!

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