Confessions of the Blogger-Challenged
I've only hung out my e-shingle for a month and already have to confess to being a computer idiot.
Here I was, pissing and moaning that I have yet to get any thread comments, even doing so on someone else's blog. I now realize that I had set up Blogger to moderate comments, partly because others had warned me of some spammer problems.
Well, it would've helped for me to 1) put in an e-mail address to send incoming comments for review and 2) click on the "moderate comments" tab in Blogger. I was so pitiful that two folks kindly came over to comment just to make me feel better.
Even more sad was that Ms.PhD and BotanicalGirl came over within 12-36 hrs of the launch without any acknowledgment on my part. For the record, Ms.PhD of YoungFemaleScientist was my very first commenter, and a very thoughtful one at that. Thanks!
My apologies also to bridgett at Strange Conceit, abbey at Hunting for Mr Right, and a couple of anonymous commentors. You are very kind to give me a read and some feedback.
As a professor and grad student advisor, I was never bashful about sharing my screw-ups with my students to simply to show that 1) no one was infallable and 2) professors and P.I.s still get judged and scored on things (grants, manuscripts, teaching evals, annual performance evaluations, etc.) where they still have the chance to crash and burn and be humiliated.
But, in this case, here I was not completely understanding a simple blog posting program that my daughter could probably already navigate at age three - sheesh! That's part of the trouble of being too young to claim ignorance of computers, but too old to have the comprehensive understanding of html, etc. since all I learned as an undergrad was how to program in Basic. It's amazing that I can even do BLAST searches on my own. Analysis of microarray data - fuggedaboutit! Can you say, "bioinformatics sabbatical?"
So, to my less senior readers, this explains why I keep coming to you for advice.