New Magnets and an Archive UpdateOctober 5th, 2010
Warning: Insipid metapost garnished with annoying self-promotion. If you just want a free magnet (shown right), scroll down to the blue text below.
We’re about two months into the reborn site, and the traffic levels are almost back to where they used to be in 2007. That was not at all what I expected; thanks, everyone.
People create blogs for different purposes, and one of the main reasons behind the creation and resurrection of this site was for it to serve as a forum for the analysis of overlooked issues and taboo subjects in chemistry. I’ve seen no effective alternatives to blogs as places where people can talk about sensitive issues in our field. This site is open to everyone: everyone can read it, and everyone can contribute to the discussion—even anonymously. If you’ve got an opinion or a point to consider, leave a comment. Don’t be shy. While I try to cover all the bases when making posts, it’d be ridiculous to think that I don’t overlook important points or make mistakes. Voice your corrections, additions, and opinions in the comments. The readership of chem blogs never ceases to amaze me in terms of the amount of knowledge and critical analysis available for free. Gimme some.
With that said, I guess I’ll interpret the lower number of comments per post now (relative to 2007) as an indication that I have become even more correct in all of my opinions and analyses. When posts start routinely attracting zero comments, I will know that I have finally achieved my goal of perfection.
This time around—with some sense of guilt—I’ve been more annoying in terms of getting the word out that ChemBark exists. The utility of networks increases with the number of users. So far, this effort has mainly consisted of annoying Facebook and Twitter announcements. It’s time to kick it up a notch with the return of tacky, self-promotional tchotchkes: new ChemBark magnets! If you’d like the second installment in the collectible magnet series, send an e-mail with your street address to: paul at (the name of this blog) d0t com. The magnets are free and shipping is free, but the supply is limited. Display Ed the Dog with pride—just not in potentially destructive locations, like on the sides of NMR machines.
Finally, I still feel horribly that the discussion from the old site has been “lost”. The Internet archive is not a good substitute for a searchable blog. Since I’ve discovered you can backdate posts and insert them into WordPress, I am (slowly) copying the posts from the old site to this one. This way, all of the old site will be back online and searchable. The old comment thread for each post appears after the jump of the new post, and the new comment threads are left open so you can add fresh comments to the ancient discourse, if you feel inclined. They’re not much, but here are the first two ported posts: