Five years of stuff and things

Oct 23 2013 Published by under [Education&Careers]

Today marks the five year anniversary of starting this blog. Much has happened since then, for me and for you. When I set out to start this blog I meant it to be a resource for people starting tenure track jobs - a place where one perspective was written down so that others could either see what was coming or learn from my mistakes. Hopefully I have achieved that for some of you and hopefully I have entertained some of the rest of you.

My posting rate has dropped off rather dramatically in the last few months for a number of reasons, but mostly because I'm writing so many other things at the moment that this has been less of an outlet for my need to write. Overall, this is a good thing. Our publication and submission rates are way up in the last few months and there's a line up of manuscripts that need attention. We're also juggling a number of projects that are churning out some really exciting results. That's not to say this wasn't happening before now, but we're scaling up and the expansion is keeping me busy. Undoubtedly things well settle in and I'll get restless for writing again.

In the mean time, there's nearly 1000 posts here covering the various shenanigans I've fumbled my way through, but today I would like to ask what has the last 5 years looked like for you? Since 2008, what major hurdles have you cleared? What are the things you look back on and wonder how you made it through? Are you happy with the direction you're taking?

8 responses so far

  • Dr Becca says:

    I respectfully request that you cease and desist any and all use of the word "fumbled" from this moment forth.

    JK, happy blogiversary!

    5 years ago, I didn't even know the blogosphere existed! It has changed my life for the better in uncountable ways. Thanks for being a part of it!

  • Dr. Noncoding Arenay says:

    PLS, I have been following your blog (as well as DM and Dr. Becca's) for a while now and I hope that you continue to post those enlightening and entertaining posts even if its at a slower pace.

    Many things happened in the past 5 years from me graduating with a PhD, getting hitched, to now being in the third year of my postdoc. Next year I will start applying for those elusive TT positions and I am sure I will go through your old posts as well as Dr. Becca's awesome "aggregator" to help me in the process. Some posts at times make me question whether I'm a fool for pursuing a TT position in today's academic climate, but then these same blogs also remind me about how cool it is to be in this privileged cohort who have the opportunity to do game-changing science!

    Am I happy with the direction that I am taking? At this point, absolutely. Will my answer be the same in the future? Who knows...I'll give it a shot and find out.

  • AP says:

    In 2008, I was a 4th year PhD student. Since then I have defended, done a short postdoc, and am now two years into a tenure track faculty position. Starting a lab has been unbelievably hard, but it appears that work is starting to pay off. In times of despair or frustration, I have looked back at some of your posts to remind myself that I'm not alone in this experience.
    I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few years and look forward to reading it into the future. Thanks.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    I will fumble what I please!

    Congrats to all on the significant progress and good luck, whether you stick with this alt career or go with something non-academic!

  • Happy blogiversary!
    In 2008 I was a grad student in Europe, only slightly familiar with blogs (DM and Dr. Isis mostly). In those five years I graduated, moved to the US to start a post-doc, a family and a blog. I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past couple of years and more importantly getting to know so many awesome people on twitter!

  • A mighty great five years. Thanks for taking the time out to share.

    Science needs more examples of dads who care this much about parenting. Goodonya.

  • DrugMonkey says:

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  • chkuo says:

    Thanks for sharing your perspective, I really enjoy reading this blog and the discussions over the past few years. Good to know that your lab is doing well and I look forward to reading more from you.

    For me, a lot happened during the past five years as well. I graduated in 2008, then did a short postdoc, and luckily landed a tenure-track job in 2010 at a great institute. The first two years of starting a lab were quite hard. Fortunately we got some good signs showing that we are on the right track during the past year, which was very encouraging. As I begin the fourth year in this job, I find myself (and our lab members) much more confident and also have a better feel of our strength and limitations. Overall, I'm quite happy with the direction that we are taking and it will be fun to see what happens next.

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