But when you don’t want to avoid conflict, like if you have a new blog to flog and you want to stir up some controversy and get people to look at you, then throwing out civility and singling out someone for an attack is a smart move. Mild-mannered monkeys are neglected monkeys.
This isn’t to say that I’m about to become a rabid little blog monkey, growling and biting at whomever I perceive to be a threat, but I do need to find my a niche in the blogosphere. When I first started blogging I was a freshman in college and all my posts revolved around music, my girlfriend, some light pseudo-philosophy, etc.; nothing terribly different. Once I got serious about science in the past year, however, I was heartened to see that such a large community of people has sprung up to discuss science, both new and old. The only problem is I’m having a hard time finding my place in it. Of course, I’m a ScienceBlogs wannabe, but I’m not nearly as insightful as Wilkins, as thorough or smart as Naish, or as good a communicator as PZ. This isn’t to say I’m throwing in the towel, but whatever I write here there is someone else who can do the job 100% better elsewhere. Think of it in terms of evolution; currently this blog is the evolutionary equivalent of a small Cretaceous mammal, occupying the niche of a nocturnal generalist. There isn’t anything I specifically do well, but I’m not at a major disadvantage either. I can only hope that with more education and time my writings will get better and start plenty of conversation, but until then I am certainly thankful to everyone who stops by here and finds something enjoyable in my ramblings.