Retiring at Nine

By AnthonyLast updated: Monday, February 13, 2012 • Save & Share5 Comments

This blog is now 9 years old. My first post was on February 26th 2003. Since then the early UK blog network that it was a part of has largely fallen away. Blogs then were used a bit more like Twitter, with multiple postings per day. These days, blogs have become less frenetic, have donned the corporate pajamas of old media, and twitter has become the initial chopping board for most issues. Sometimes for the good, sometimes, when perhaps more calm consideration is required, for the bad.

Some of the things I am interested in are now covered far better (and certainly more quickly) by others. The blog has at least outlived the credibility of Andrew Wakefield’s hoax theory about autism and MMR vaccine (if not the consequences of it), which was a pet hobby of mine (although my involvement in tackling anti-vaccinators goes back to internet newsgroups in the 1990s).

In any case, in the past year or two this blog had become moribund, despite a recent spurt of activity. As a procrastination outlet/tool, it allowed me space to think in a way that more formal and structured academic writing didn’t. Sometimes, the ability to write a quick blog post paradoxically seemed to get the juices flowing in order to tackle a bigger piece of work elsewhere (i.e. my PhD) and it improved my writing skills. Some of the material on this blog ended up in or inspired academic papers, posters, and letters to journals. However, it is time to move on.

Thanks to all those who have linked to, written comments on, and read the blog. Any future writings on the net will be hosted either at, possible occasional pieces at Left Brain, Right Brain, or at another potential work-based project that is in the conceptual stage (or perhaps more accurately mild flirtation before dating stage).



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5 Responses to “Retiring at Nine”

Comment from Pauline
Time 13/2/2012 at 12:23 pm

I’m sorry you are closing it, it has been a great resource which has provoked my brain into thinking more deeply on many an occasion. I hope that you will continue to enlighten and entertain and look forward to reading your posts in the future.

Comment from Francis Sedgemore
Time 13/2/2012 at 12:56 pm

Anthony – please reconsider.

Twitter and other antisocial media have in recent years done enormous damage to blogging, and are now threatening proper journalism, with the BBC, for example, in danger of disappearing up its own corporate arse.

Yours is a specialist science blog in a field that is socially relevant, yet not considered ‘sexy’ in mainstream media terms (the Wakefield saga aside). There are relatively few such online publications, and we cannot afford to lose them.

Popular science communication should not be left to professional science communication workers and TV celebrity professors. The former are a dying breed, as publishers are reluctant to pay us, and the latter risk alientating the public through over-exposure.

Comment from PharmacistScott
Time 13/2/2012 at 3:18 pm

Disappointed to hear this!

Comment from Tim Swift
Time 13/2/2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for your postings over the years. You will certainly be missed as one of a number of blogs that’s done sterling work in tackling nonsense and helping all of us understand just a little more about the real complexities behind modern medicine and scientific discourse. Good luck in your alternative ventures.

Comment from Kevin Frost
Time 23/2/2012 at 8:16 am