Tag Archives: writing

October 21, 2014

Why I have a blog

The other day, someone asked me why I have blog. I didn’t have a straightforward answer, and the question has been bugging me ever since.

I guess, to me, a personal blog is a modern form of self-expressionism — a digital journal, if you will. I can discuss whatever I want, when I want. I can talk about things I like, and the things I dislike. I don’t have to worry about someone editing my thoughts or calling me out on my language. Having a blog is also a way for me to keep practicing writing, an activity I have a love-hate relationship with [1] .

I encourage everyone to try maintaining a journal. It doesn’t have to be online in the form of a blog, and it doesn’t have to be public. It can be as simple as jotting down some thoughts on a piece of paper whenever you feel like it. If you keep at it, I guarantee that you will find joy in such an archive. I often peruse my old posts, both for reference and for my own amusement. I find that collectively, they quite accurately depict my personality. That is in and of itself a good reason to continue.

  1. I suck at writing because I tend to overthink every sentence. Instead of writing a draft first and editing it for legibility later, I procrastinate and end up not writing anything at all. Silly, I know. That said, I enjoy the activity itself. []
October 4, 2012

Noah Gray on scientific abstracts

Scientific abstracts are the hooks attempting to capture a discerning reader’s attention, the shortcuts saving the busy reader some time and the keys unlocking scientific knowledge for those lacking a portfolio of academic journal subscriptions. But don’t be dismayed if you’re still confused after reading an abstract multiple times. When writing this leading, summarizing paragraph of a scientific manuscript, researchers often make mistakes.

Good advice for my own thesis.

December 5, 2009


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