It's a little early for an introspective New Year's post, but I'm still thinking a lot about this semester and how things have gone and how much I've grown up. And on my way in this morning, I was contemplating how much blogging has affected this (and my processing of it). I started reading blogs right around the time I accepted my faculty position, beginning with Female Science Professor (suggested by happycat: thank you happycat!), doodling along to Drugmonkey from there, and eventually troodling (I made that word up) through into a whole array of interesting, thoughtful, insightful and moving writers (some of whom are on my blogroll but there are others I have forgotten to list). It opened a new world for me, where people were talking about exactly what I was worrying and angsting about, where I felt a stylistic resonance and an inspiration to start recording my own thoughts and experiences. I never knew I would want to be a blogger, and I never thought I would find blogs that are so right-on that I care about reading and want to keep up with.
So much of this is directly or indirectly because of all of you. My enjoyment of this experience, and the birth of my awareness of what is going on with my job and transition, have been actively and advantageously affected by my readers and commenters, and those who write about this crazy world of science. I just want to thank you all for that.