Memo to self

Since it’s the beginning of a new week, including inside blogosphere, maybe I should remind myself of some of the rules of a good blogger (especially after reading some, er, “interesting” exchanges on blogs that I read regularly):
1) The fact that your deep thoughts are out there for everyone else to read does not make them worth reading, nor does it make them right.
2) The previous rule also applies to other blogs. The fact that it is published on someone’s blog does not mean that you should take it seriously — indeed, you may well be the only one reading it.
3) If you are going to accept comments, you better be ready to live with the fact that some of them will disagree with your seemingly indisputable conclusions. If you cannot live with that, blogging may not be for you.
4) Your post, opinion, thesis, they will all come across as more solid if supplemented by actual data. Data can always be disputed or re-interpreted, of course, but at least they give the impression that someone has put some thought into formulating a view.
5) Your credibility is inversely proportional to the number of four letter words that you need in order to express your concepts. Oh, and using capital letters does not make it sound more authoritative.
6) If what you really mean to say is “pigs don’t fly”, writing “pigs fly” instead may not be the most effective way to do it — someone may be confused.

A great (blogging) week to everyone.

11 Responses to “Memo to self”

  1. Schlupp Says:

    Would that be four letter words like “mass”, “spin”, “bose” statistics, “Mott” insulators, “band” structure, “LDA+U”, “DMFT”, “MCMC”, “X-ray”*, “DMRG”, the “Kohn”-“Sham” equations?

    *Ok, that’s four letters + a symbol, but then symbols are used for swearing in comic books…

  2. Cherish Says:

    Do you know how hard it is to reply to this without using expletives? It’s almost as though you’re screaming, “Double dare you to do it!” 🙂

  3. transientreporter Says:

    I have no idea what this is about.
    I am sooooo out of it…

  4. ScientistMother Says:

    I also have no idea what this is about, possibly YFS?

    • Massimo (formerly known as Okham) Says:

      ScientistMother, believe it or not it is not about anyone in particular, it is just a collection of remarks that I have found myself making in recent days, after reading several exchanges on various blogs (including mine). Some of it is actually about myself.

  5. ruchi aka arduous Says:


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