The Innoculated Mind has a great rant about the problems of mixing blogging about science, and being a scientist, with the perception that a scientist should be “objective.” Which, ergo, means that you can’t have a personal opinion.*
The part I liked the best from it was a quote from PZ:
“Maybe you aren’t interested (even if the fact that it’s driven you to write to me or about me contradicts that claim), but so what? I am not writing for you. I am writing for me, and I find it interesting. “
While I have chosen deliberately to write things that try to debunk quackery around entomological topics for lay folks, I began writing in the first place to simply….write. And to challenge myself to write in a way a person at a high school reading level can understand, and to make factual stuff FUN.
(I’m not there yet, but I’m trying. I did manage to combine zombies, Barry White, and mosquitoes in one post, which is a start.)
I thought about trying to link to some of the other posts I’ve made about why I blog, but I just didn’t feel like being self-referential right now. I will link back to Phil, who found this initially, and who is also a real mensch.
*My 5 regular readers (we counted them last week) know that “not having an opinion” is something I clearly gave up on some time ago.