The year and semester are winding down giving us a brief opportunity to take a breath. January NSF deadlines are looming and the spring semester is not far from rearing it's ugly head, but for now things are getting more quiet instead of less. It's a good time.
On top of everything that has happened this year both personally (new kid and no sleep) and professionally (new grant and more sleep), it's been an interesting blogging year as well. Scientopia has changed a bit and seems to be stabilizing after a few months of flying by the seat of our collective slacks. I've gotten to know some new-to-me bloggers better and even taken on twitter.
But once in a while I like to turn the conversation outward as much as possible and invite those who read but never comment to join in. I did this in 2009 and found it really interesting, so I'm trying again. For all those lurkers out there, your holiday gift to me can be saying hi and weighing in on what you might like to see from the blog in 2012 (12? really? crap). I would also be really interested to hear where (career-wise) you readers are at, since I have no idea whether I'm talking to a bunch of grad students or gray heads. I see a set of regular commenters often, but what would entice those of you who never comment to join in the conversation?
Take two minutes of your end of semester down time and delurk for the holidays!