A first post on a blog is a funny thing. By its very nature, no one is reading, so the first post seems like a very lonely thing.
One option is to use the first post to write a manifesto of the blogger’s desires, what they hope to accomplish. This can evolve, and probably should end up as an “About” page as part of the site.
Another option is to just dive in with a sample post. Start producing content and all that.
A third is just to have a placeholder saying “hello world!” and dive in with your second post.
People who are interested in what I have to say will probably work their way through the posts, and will eventually find this, so rather than putting a placeholder, I’ll put something useful here. I think a game plan of where I hope to go with the blog is worthwhile, and I’ll produce a more “typical” post for the second post.
With this site, I’m hoping to detail any useful information I can produce on getting into graduate school, working through graduate school and moving into a junior faculty position afterwards. I’ve done all these things (along with a postdoc en route), so I have both my own experiences and those of my friends going through this journey to draw on.
I’m hoping to stay somewhat down to earth with posts. Probably we all get enough dense material working in our subject area. This will, by it’s very nature, give many posts an “inexact” air. Readers are certainly welcome to chime in with their thoughts and experiences, which will be particularly relevant when they differ from my own.
My own background is in a STEM discipline, graduating from an R1 university and working at a teaching university.
Requests for more information on a topic or for a particular new topic are always welcome! Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org