Using WordPress Again

Well, it’s been almost an entire year since I started using Vox (see my vox website). I’ve come to the conclusion that it is absolutely fantastic for

  • having easy-to-use privacy settings
  • getting relatives started in the whole blogging thing who haven’t necessarily done anything similar before.

However, there were some major drawbacks:

  • it didn’t have much of the nerdy, geeky functionality that I want
  • wasn’t as customizable as I wanted
  • is a bit slow
  • no stats!
  • no easy-to-download backups

How I used it was this: all work-related posts were marked completely public, while any other posts and photos were marked as friends & family only. This essentially allowed me to have two blogs in one site: one where I can say inane things that my family & friends may choose to read or ignore, as they see fit, and a second “professional” site where I try to be a little more structured. I am still using it now for both of these reasons, and wouldn’t have even bothered posting again on this almost-anniversary on WordPress (even though in most other ways, WordPress is a better blog system) if it hadn’t been for ResearchBlogging.org. I wanted to post my take on various peer-reviewed journal articles I was interested in, but when I tried to do it on Vox, ResearchBlogging.org’s scavenger/indexer simply couldn’t handle how Vox deals with embedded HTML.

So, even though I don’t wish to separate out my content onto two blogs, for now I have no choice but to put all of my posts marked with the BPR logo on WordPress, while everything else remains on Vox. Not ideal, and very shortly I may make this my exclusive work blog, with the other being my personal blog.

I hope the posts that follow on this website are up to the effort I’ve put in to get them visible to the ResearchBlogging aggregator. But please remember that you can still look at all my other public posts on http://lurena.vox.com.

ResearchBlogging.org now available

An article from the BPR3.org website announcing the ResearchBlogging.org website appeared today in my RSS reader. I'd had a look on the BPR3 website the other day and thought it a good idea to have some way of marking those posts of mine specifically dealing with peer-reviewed research. Well, now ResearchBlogging.org provides a citation-composer on their website to make adding the BPR3 logo to your blog even easier: just put in your DOI, and then the code to embed in your blog for both the appropriately-formatted citation and the logo itself magically appear. I'll post my first BPR3-identified post shortly, and you'll see that Vox doesn't render the embedded code exactly correctly, but it's a start. There's no RSS feed on ResearchBlogging.org yet, but it's a must, and they do say that one is in the works.

For those that haven't heard of this, here's a summary from their website:

"Do you like to read about new developments in science and other fields?
Are you tired of "science by press release"? BPR3 is your place. BPR3
allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed
research, instead of just news reports and press releases. We provide
bloggers with an icon they can use to show when they're talking about a peer-reviewed work that they've read and analyzed closely."

How do others feel about this idea? There are already a number of posts (here, here, here, and here, just to name a few). I like it 🙂 The fact that everyone writing about a paper will be using a similar citation display might mean its easier to find other people that have opinions on a particular research topic. But perhaps you think it is too much classification, or that we shouldn't try to judge the "quality" of various posts. After all, though you can report people misusing the logo, just having it isn't a mark of the seriousness or quality of a paper, or of the seriousness or quality of the person writing about the paper 😉

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