The database for this site was down somewhere between 2 and 8 weeks. I didn’t even notice. That’s how underutilized this site is.
First year of school has been interesting. I’m surprised that what takes up my time is absolutely not classes, which haven’t been too demanding, but all the external stuff:
- TA duties
- grant applications
- conference submissions
- journal submissions
- research team meetings
I guess in that sense it’s good preparation for academic life.
I really don’t know what to do with this site, and a lot of posts about not knowing what to do with this site aren’t very interesting. I don’t feel like I have anything new to say. If I did, I’d make sure the syndication was feeding to Facebook, but then no one would comment on here because everyone would comment on Facebook. I really hate how FB has taken over so much of our communication, and yet… it’s taken over our communication! There are “friends” (admittedly, not close ones) who wouldn’t bother to reply to emails but who reply to FB messages.
I don’t know the way out of this. I think we need to be as devious as the blue menace. Someone should write a FB app that sucks in content via syndication (RSS, Atom), but only to the cut line, and then offers a link for more. It should allow FB comments, since everyone’s conditioned to them — but cut them off after 80 characters, offering to let the user post more on the native site. It should allow Likes, but periodically fail, and instead post a “Like” comment on the blog.
I’m not so silly as to think my empty content would lure people over here, but some people’s would. I don’t know, what solutions do you have?