Today is a bit of a day of appreciation for one of the steadiest presences in the Blogging As Scientist game. Whereas I haven't been blogging here in.... a while, there was a time when I had 4-5 posts a week rattling around in my head. Everything was new, and I had no idea what I was doing in this job, but blurting it all out on a screen somehow made me feel a bit better about the chaos. For a while I was writing for only me, in the sense that I didn't really have an audience and I was just writing to write. Somehow, Drugmonkey noticed a tiny blog and linked to it, significantly changing my audience and approach.
Much has changed in the 8 years since then, but ultimately blogging changed me. I know that sounds corny AF, but through conversations here and on other bogs, my perspective on several issues evolved in ways it wouldn't have otherwise. This is in no small part due to Drugmonkey's influence and tireless writing.
More directly, I never would have tried my hand at obtaining NIH funding without reading the near endless supply of NIH information on Drugmonkey's blog. Between a variety of posts and his patience in answering a stream of n00b questions, I can actually say that I've been able to
trick NIH into giving me some money successfully obtain some funding from NIH.
In many small ways and some large ones, a person whom I have never met has been a significant mentor throughout my early career development. For those who would argue that blogging is a waste of your time as an academic, just send them over to Drugmonkey's place for a bit of an education.