Recently I posted about my “joys and frustrations of blogging“. In there I commented about specific behaviors I had encountered/observed in the blogging world and my view of those behaviors. I pointed to some cons of blogging..some of them here relative to my comments about a recent comment on one of my posts.”

I quote:

“Cons of Blogging

1) Your posts are open to attack

4) Some people might dump and run. Anonymity can be used by some in a negative way.

6) As a scientist I am pretty clear with the difference between data driven understanding and what are my opinions and judgments. This distinction is not so clear to everyone and their opinions become their reality. And you might be the recipient of their reality..and it might hurt.”

Points 2), 3), 5), 7), 8 ) & 9) removed for brevity.

Recently I posted about Humira and the impact that particular drug has had on the life of one of my friends. I concern myself with diseases related to the gastrointestinal tract since my sister has irritable bowel syndrome, my mother has diverticulitis, a member of my more immediate family has undergone many procedures and treatments over the past decade to try and resolve her own GI problems (including 13 drugs in 6 weeks) and I have many friends who have Crohn’s related diseases.

Well, as is the nature of the blogosphere someone misinterpreted my intention (I think of it more as they just made stuff up) :

Oops…who did I upset? As commented previously “Some people might dump and run. Anonymity can be used by some in a negative way.” I can only speak for WordPress as a blogging tool but all comments come in with the associated IP address available as shown below. So, one click on that IP and you will at least know which domain the friendly comments arrive when they come (the example below is truncated to help retain John’s anonymity)

I’ve thought about John’s comments and have reexamined my endorsements. Here they are:

Microsoft – we’ve chosen Sharepoint as our Wiki Platform. Info will come as we work with it.

WinDirStat – A great tool for working with your hard drive. And it’s free!

CLiDE (and here) – Optical Chemical Structure Recognition . Not perfect but better than anything else out there in MY opinion.

ACD/Labs Dictionary – Definitely a valuable part of ChemSketch

ACD/ChemSketch version 11 beta- Their adoption of InChIKeys right after release.

ChemGate and eMolecules – The release of spectral data online

Sony PlayStation, Scientific Computing Magazine, IBM Cell B.E. and SimBioSys eHITS – What could high performance computing give us when we are at TFlops on the desktop?

Wikinomics – The book…

ACD/Structure Elucidator – Applications to Elucidating the Structure of Hexacyclinol

Modern Alkaloids – A book on N15 NMR and exposing ACD/Labs N15 NMR prediction algorithms

I stopped here (at June 2007). Clearly I have been exposing ACD/Labs work but since I was there for ten years and am still in the process of publishing with them I will be continuing the endorsement of their science. I have of course been very passionate about the “Open Notebook Science on NMR” work and talked about ACD/Labs NMR prediction algorithms in those posts. In the past 2 years ACD/Labs, myself and Gary Martin have put out over 10 publications in regarding “Indirect Covariance“, definitely some of the best science I’ve been involved with for many years. More on that will come later…

Now, I also blogged about erectile dysfunction drugs (Pfizer and GSK) but that was just for the sake of amusement…maybe it was so subtle nobody got it?

Strangely enough I have not heard from Abbott Labs regarding my Humira ad posted on their behalf (sarcasm). But if it comes I’ll take the call! Since it appears that there may be benefits to endorsements, and it is so close to the Xmas season, I will recommend my favorite electronics.. I love my IPod Nano, I use an IBM laptop, and I love my Garmin Nuvi 660. That should have drummed up a little bit of support for ChemSpider right there!

The truth is we thank these groups only right now for their support…and sincere thanks they are.

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One Response to “The Joys and Frustrations of 6 Months Blogging in the Chemistry Community PART II”

  1. Jean-Claude Bradley says:

    Don’t worry about this type of complaint. There is always somebody out there looking to spin things negatively.

    Those of us who know you expect that you’ll be candid when you have a conflict of interest.

    In these cases it comes across to me that you’re just giving your opinion and trying to be helpful – and that is the point of blogging.

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