When I was 21, I used to go to the gym three times a week, rain or shine. After a few years I shaved off a weekly session, and a few years later I was down to one gym session a week. By the time we moved to Pittsburgh, playing Dance Central with my wife seemed like a demanding workout.
Why am I telling you this? Because blogging is a bit like going to the gym — as the following graph suggests (the y axis shows the number of blog posts posted by yours truly, excluding announcements and guest posts):
But blogging is definitely more fun than going to the gym, and I did have a lot of fun blogging these past 2+ years; I want to thank Noam for this opportunity. Unfortunately, it’s no longer as fun as it used to be, and I decided to quit while I’m ahead. Since my blogging career was defined by ranking and listing stuff, I would like to finish with a vainglorious list of some of my own posts that I especially like:
- In the “game-theory-ish pop culture” category: Is game theory useful? (See also this related post and the longer piece in Symposium Magazine.) Honorable mention: Russel Crowe was wrong.
- In the “perspectives on academic life” category: Is it fun to be a professor? Honorable mention: Doing a PhD: Almost the best job in the world and scientific success as a fluke.
- In the “actually includes scientific content” category: NSF actually reviewing via social choice (which sparked the research that led to this EC’14 submission). Honorable mention: Fair division and the whining philosophers problem.
- In the “favorite whimsical title” category: EC=MC^3.
Now that I think about it, blogging is more like singing in the shower: it’s a creative form of self-expression, and you have no idea who’s listening. If you have been listening for the last two years, I’m grateful for your attention — I sing like a crow!