I was all fired up and writing this summer, and then I wasn’t. I took a vacation, I read lots and lots of books, the school year started, and then bam! Months had gone by and I hadn’t written another word. Once you lose the blogging habit, it’s hard to get back into, too, at least for me, and I probably would still be on hiatus if it hadn’t been for strong evidence that people were still interested in what I was saying. Evidence, I say! Strong evidence, too. The only rational conclusion was to pick up where I left off. Even though I’d stopped adding new content, I’d still pick up a Twitter follower here and there and very occasionally a new subscriber, or a post would be linked to from some other website and I’d get a spike in page hits. But what really spurred me to action was a request to be interviewed for Episode #88 of Kylie Sturgess’s Token Skeptic podcast, “On Codes of Conduct, Part II–Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online.” (Available here.) Oh, you know, the one where she also interviews Jennifer Ouellette? And Viv Smythe of the Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog? Yeah, that’s me in there! And now this is me retroactively earning my place in the lineup.
So I’ll be returning to my longer-than-I-mean-for-them-to-be series of posts tackling specific suggesting for making the skeptical movement more welcoming to women (to help it meet its stated goal of getting more women involved), but I think I’m going to branch out a little, too. A long time ago in a skeptical forum far, far away, a reading club almost got off the ground. I’ll try to revive it here, even if it amounts to nothing more than me reading non-fiction books and commenting on them.
It’s a start.