Why do I bother writing this blog anyway? I mean who even reads it?

As Clifford Stoll says in his very clever TED talk:

“The first time you do something, it’s science.

The second time, it’s engineering.

The third time, it’s just being a technician.

I’m a scientist.

Once I do something, I want to do something else.”

As I’m not an academic, I’m not a “scientist” per se, but I do share his desire to constantly do new things – let me explain:

Not long ago, I was talking to someone and they mentioned they read my blog. Suddenly I was really nervous and wasn’t sure why, and it made me re-evaluate why I write this here.

As it turns out, I hate repeating myself – repeating stories, repeating thoughts, repeating anecdotes. No matter how exciting it was the first time, by the second or third time it’s lost it’s sheen to me and I’d prefer to do or talk about something different. Obviously though, I do some pretty exciting stuff, go to some unusual places, occasionally think up something vaguely interesting but if I simply told people about it, I’d get bored almost straight away.

And that’s why the blog’s here. If I write things down almost straight away, or somehow put them up as a permanent record, then I can repeat them to people, as if they were fresh in my mind, without having to actually go over it again.

So I shouldn’t be nervous you’re reading my blog – it’s not like there’s anything self-incriminating here (except this I guess), and by reading this blog post, I now never have to explain to you why I get bored of repeating things out loud! :)

Thanks for reading! :P

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