Wow, that was quite the gap. I usually have a difficult time keeping up with blogging between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year it started a little early. If you’ll notice, the last post was on October 20th. The reasons for this include an especially busy field season, paper revisions and other academic madness, and some other writing projects that will hopefully see the light of day shortly (more on that in a future post). With most of that behind me, it’s time to dive back in. Because after all, even the smartest sharks can’t swim backwards.
This month finishes my first year writing both here and at Southern Fried Science, and it’s been a learning experience. I’ve managed to maintain a reasonably prolific posting schedule at both venues (at least up until October), though it’s become clear that in order to keep doing that effectively I need to set a hard line between what ends up here and what goes up on the big blog. So here’s how it should break down in the coming year:
At Ya Like Dags: Field work updates and photos, keeping up with fishery management issues that pertain to dogfish fisheries, summaries of scientific papers relevant to my favorite small sharks, and a new series of posts called “Perfect Little Killing Machines” that will focus on the science behind what makes spiny dogfish such successful hunters and survivors.
At Southern Fried Science: As befits the wider audience at Southern Fried Science, posts there will focus on the big-picture of shark and fishery management, finding the nuance in conservation and fisheries science, field work highlights that are especially funny or interesting, and other more general interest stuff.
That’s the plan. I hope you’ll continue to follow along both here and at Southern Fried Science, and also on Twitter, which I’ve actually been able to keep up with since October. Happy New Year!
I wouldn’t worry about it too much. I go months between post bursts sometimes, and weeks within cycles too. Writing (while maintaining your scientific focus as well as work-life balance) is tough.