All I want for my birthday

Oct 23 2012 Published by under [Et Al]

Today marks the 4 year anniversary of this blog and I'm looking for something from you! Two requests, dear readers:

1) Consider donating $5 (or more if you want) to Donors Choose. The panel in the right sidebar will give you everything you need. I would love to get higher participation this year, even if everyone gives a small amount. I think the dreams of children are worth a grande latte.

2) Delurk. All of you out there who read the blog but don't take the time to comment, let yourself be known. Who are you (in as much as you are comfortable divulging), what do you do and why do you read the blog? There are so many regular readers who we don't here from, now is your chance!

32 responses so far

  • JaneB says:

    Hi! I comment very occasionally but read regularly. Happy bloggiversary!

  • Dr24hours says:

    I'm sure I've commented before, but I read because I'm trying to get into the whole academic world from a slightly non-traditional path, and reading about how people do science in academia is helpful. Also, you're very witty.

  • New Asst. Prof. says:

    Happy bloggiversary! I've commented occasionally...but I mostly lurk. I'm just starting year 2 of TT, in a med school basic/translational department, and we have our own Wee One (just over 2). Not a lot of fresh blood in my department (feels like everyone around me has tenure already), so I really enjoy the perspective. Thanks for sharing!

  • MandaJ says:

    I'm a postdoc currently looking for a tenure track position in biochemistry. I found your blog about 6 months or so ago. Blogs like this one have been so helpful in giving me a better understanding of life in early-career positions in academia. Happy bloggiversary!

  • Allyson says:

    Happy bloggiversary! I'm a postdoc in evolution with a 10mo kiddo, and I appreciate your early-career-prof perspective plus the many different science aspects that Scientopia brings me. Hoping to make it on the TT someday, and all of you are really helpful with that.

  • studyzone says:

    I've been reading for several years now (thanks to FSP adding you to her blogroll), and have commented a few times. I am in the first quarter of a tenure-track biology position at a primarily-undergrad university. I've enjoyed reading your perspectives on different issues, especially your NSF posts since I will have to submit a RUI eventually. Happy Blogiversary! [p.s. your Graphic Fridays posts are hilarious - would love to see more.]

  • Susan S says:

    I am an Assistant Prof in Engineering. I am at a small school and there are not many other assistant professors. I read because it is interesting to see what other newer STEM professors are going through. Happy Anniversary!

  • gerty-z says:

    I'm just here for the meat pants. Happy bloggy b-day!

  • Moose says:

    Grad student, physical sciences. I'm considering an academic career. I started reading your blog and FSP while still an undergrad and am finding them very helpful for learning about the way academic science (does/not) work, what the standards are for professional manners, and things like peer review, grants, and tenure issues.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    Sweet! Thanks to those who have donated! And thanks to the commenters, so far!

  • crystaldoc says:

    In my 7th year as assistant prof at a private med school. FINALLY have got a fundable score on an R01; been surviving on multiple smaller awards until now. Maybe I'll get that promotion to associate prof soon. Got 2 kids, 5 and 8. Spouse also on the faculty here. I like your blog for the camaraderie but mainly lurk. Happy Bday!

  • Jim Thomerson says:

    Emeritus Professof of Zoology. I read the blog to remind myself how glad I am to be an Emeritus.

  • Monisha says:

    Hi, i'm a psychology professor; long-time reader, occasional commenter. I read for perspectives on academic/research careers, and also for entertainment. Happy Blogiversary!

  • Psycgirl says:

    Delurkity! Relatively new assistant professor, started blogging as a bitter angry grad student!

  • KK PhD says:

    Hello, happy anniversary! Relatively new reader/lurker of your blog. Postdoc in engineering, trying to decide what direction to go next..

  • proflikesubstance says:

    I appreciate those of you who stopped by to say hi, thanks for reading.

  • doctor_chick says:

    Postdoc in developmental biology here. I also found your blog via FSP and stayed for the insights into early academia! Having no experience with NSF, I particularly appreciate having some knowledge of that side of the funding equation!

  • MovableBookLady says:

    Delurking with congrats. I'm just a nosy/curious layperson, ex-typesetter (at Sage Publications, for one) and ex-bookseller. Old but still learning. Thanks.

  • Hill says:

    Hi! I started reading this blog as a research technician, and now I'm a master's student aiming at going into a PhD program. I read the blog because I find the commentary on academia informative, not to mention the occasional pointers for grad students!

  • ViralProf says:

    Long-time lurker, first-time commenter. Congrats on 4 years of bloggy-goodness! I'm a 3rd year assistant prof (1 little one and another on the way) in one of those lovely non-tenure-track soft money positions that keep you in a constant state of anxiety. I read your blog, as well as DM, CPP, and Fumbling toward TT. I mainly look for ways to improve my grants and remind myself that others are also struggling to keep afloat too.

  • chall says:

    4 years already? Om my, time really flies doesn't it šŸ™‚

  • rxnh says:

    2nd year phys sci grad student. I prefer the term wallflower to lurker. Like some others found you through FSP, stay for the NSF insight, fam-life balance, and the remainder.

  • Namnezia says:

    Oh, you're still blogging?

  • Beth says:

    Happy blogiversary! I'm a lurker - have been reading this blog for awhile. I'm a former academic who switched over to the world of health care administration after getting my PhD, but I still still do a bit of teaching and am interested in goings on in the world of academia. I find your observations and insights interesting and fun to read!

  • Whoosh says:

    I often read and sometimes comment since maybe a year or so.
    I'm a Post-Doc at an Australian university, so all your NSF stuff sounds odd but interesting to me. And I like the music you post occasionally.

  • WIC says:

    A failed blogger here (stopped about a year before you began yours). Didn't think there would be an audience for life as a new professor and the turmoil of starting one's lab. Anyway, I enjoy your blog. Its good to get an different perspective of what other new PIs are dealing with.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    I don't know why, but it is fascinating to know that people have read along through career transitions, either into or out of academic science. Very cool. And one vote for the music posts, which I thought most people just ignored!

  • Aisling says:

    I've probably commented a couple of times... After being a serial post-doc in the US for years I finally started a couple of weeks ago as a senior staff scientist back in my home country in Europe. I find it interesting to read about the professional and personal challenges of an early-career academic - and parent.

  • EcoNerd says:

    Happy Blogoversary, PLS!

    I am an ecologist in my first year of a TT position at a private research university. Previously did my PhD and post-doc, and had my initial TT position, at large state universities. I read regularly and comment very occasionally, because it is useful, fun, and interesting to hear about (and occasionally share) experiences of colleagues in the same situation. PLS almost always has something interesting to say, and keeps the blog well-focused on the academic life as experienced by young faculty. Helps to read someone in a tangentially related field as well.

  • EcoNerd says:

    Happy Blogoversary, PLS!

    I am an ecologist in my first year of a TT position at a private research university. Previously did my PhD and post-doc, and had my initial TT position, at large state universities. I read regularly and comment very occasionally, because it is useful, fun, and interesting to hear about (and occasionally share) experiences of colleagues in the same situation. PLS almost always has something interesting to say, and keeps the blog well-focused on the academic life as experienced by young faculty. Helps to read someone in a tangentially related field as well.

  • Klopenwurm says:

    3d year Postdoc, just started reading you, and like it so far!

  • EarthSciProf says:

    An earth scientist in my second-year on TT at a public comprehensive university, I've been reading for a couple of years. Like others, I think I started as a result of FSP. Definitely find the NSF and research posts to be helpful.

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