The last thing I want at this busy time and this stage of my career is another blog! I have had many blogs since I learned the existence of the word in July 2003.
However, most of the blogs I created are/were not science-oriented and were certainly not related to my work or career plans. They were rather personal, literary, related to sociopolitical and contemporary issues in Egypt, or—my favorite—critiquing the press and media in Egypt and elsewhere.
Well, I have started a couple of science blogs too (Lost in Annotations, and A Novice in the World of Bioinformatics), then I started my Microbiology Blog as I restarted teaching in Cairo University in 2006-2007. However, these were fragmented, discontinuous attempts, and none of them allowed me to freely discuss my research or comment on some of my favorite topics: communicating science, scholarly publishing, open access, open science, etc.
OK. I’m obviously trying too hard to justify (mostly to myself) why on Earth I need to start another blog, but I’m sure that the readers don’t care much about this self-dialogue. So, without further ado, here is Bio Gnosis… A blog about decoding life (at all levels but mostly at its most common “microscopic” scale) and sharing & communicating the exciting decoded knowledge, in all possible forms and formats.
I have to confess that I’m not planning to heavily blog here—at least now. I just feel there is no better day to start my new (and hopefully long-term) blog other than 1/1/11… Yes, I have my own superstitions of course!