Hello world!

Have you backed up your database lately? I don’t just mean hitting the “full backup” button on your web site’s control panel; I mean backing up your databases. Because apparently the “full backup” button doesn’t do that. Neither does your web host – their vaunted “daily backups” only cover your home directory file structure. If you want your databases backed up, you’d better do it yourself.

But not by pressing the “full backup” button.

Will this be the end of Green Gabbro? Maybe. I’ve rescued the entire blog (or pretty close) from Google’s cache; I’m trying to decide if I want to go through the rigamarole of extracting all the text and importing it into a new database. It’s possible, but it’d be a huge pain in the ass; if it happens at all, it won’t be soon.

This definitely isn’t the end of my blogging career, though. I’m currently pondering a few options:

  1. Keep everything exactly the same (except for the web host, natch!)

    • Lazy!
    • Community of Valued Readers remains intact

    • I will continue to feel vaguely silly about such a wafer-thin veil of pseudonymity.
  2. Ditch the pseudonym; start writing under my own name. This is actually my favorite choice, but I’m worried it’d come back to bite me in the ass.

    • No more awkwardness when I meet people off th’ blog and have to change names on ’em.
    • Might come in handy if I ever seriously pursue my fantasy career of freelance science writing
    • Internet-people will cower in awe at the scientific credibility of a first-year graduate student!
    • Seamless integration of crackpot blogging with crackpot letters to the editor, essays in tiny ‘zines, crackpot scientific publications, etc.
    • I already thought of a cool domain name

    • I’m not even tenured as a grad student yet! Anything I write can and will be used against me by senior academics, who are conventionally considered to be petty, judgmental, and not hip to the jive of the blog revolution.
    • For that matter, it might be used against me in a court of academia by people who are hip to the blogosphere, but don’t want angry feminists makin’ trouble in their nice departments, or post-docs with visible lives outside work, or whatever.
    • I’d feel obliged to limit my use of the word “ass” and maybe omit some hilarious graphic details of my uterus, just to protect the squares.
  3. Ditch the pseudonym; pick out a new, and more thoroughly anonymous, identity

    • All the gory bodily fluids I can describe!

    • Maintaining any meaningful amount of anonymity is a pain in the ass
    • Some of you Valued Readers would not be entrusted with the new URL
    • Science blogging would have to be pretty impersonal, as even a vague description of my research interests is enough to pin me down to a very small community
    • I’ve pretty much run out of good pseudonyms

So, if’n you Valued Readers would like to lend me your opinions on matters of anonymity, Internet branding, and the academic blogger, I’d appreciate it. And that goes extra for you Valued Academic Readers, and super-double-extralistic for Valued Earth Science Readers…

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  1. wolfa wrote:

    I have no actual position on nymity, but I have a plugin that automatically backups my databases on whatever schedule I want (I backup daily), then puts them wherever you want.

    I’ve also been pretty much happy with total choice hosting.

  2. wolfa wrote:

    Oh, and I disapprove of any modulation of your uterus posts. I love your uterus posts.

  3. Lab Lemming wrote:

    The value of a very obvious pseudonym is that it means that people won’t discover what you’ve been saying by accident. They’ll only hunt you down if they really care. But hey- it’s Easter; you can resurrect in whatever manner you like.

  4. LDH wrote:

    Maintaining any meaningful amount of anonymity is a pain in the ass.

    As a highly paranoia-prone blog addict slowly lurching back toward non-anonymity (well, anyone who knows my real name and location can easily find my MySpace page now, anyhoo), I heartily agree with the above statement (although it’s been both my observation and experience that wafer-thin is usually just enough for plausible deniability for all but the most blog-savvy and/or rabidly vindictive — YMMV, of course, of course…)

  5. science-woman wrote:

    super double extralistic reader here to say that you should stick with your obvious pseudonym (ala Lab Lemming). You have a good “voice” going and I think you’d find it cramped if you attached your real name. And I like having a pretty good idea what you do, it lets you talk about science things more specifically than I can. Whatever route you decide to go, be sure to let me know where to find you next. I’ve definitely enjoyed reading your blog.

  6. criminy.crickets wrote:

    The problem with my obvious pseudonym (or at least this obvious pseudonym) is that Yahoo! knows my real name, and points it to this page. I once had someone look me up for professional purposes, only to find a front-page post about the portrayal of assfucking in Brokeback Mountain… I have absolutely no idea what he thought of it and he was too polite to say anything, but it’s still a bit embarrassing. Getting a proper professional page up is on my list of things to do this summer so that doesn’t have to happen again…

  7. ester wrote:

    Can I mention horror and sympathy at the root of the problem? How did you lose everything? How did that happen?

    “Yami” is a great name, in my opinion. I’d stick with it. Especially if it facilitates feminism & precious bodily fluids.

  8. Rasmus wrote:

    No don’t go! Stay! And let Google help you help yourself. :)

  9. Dad wrote:

    Hi Yami,
    A pseudonym is not anonymity (as per many noted authors) but it does provide a minimum screen between irate readers (although who can object to considered and entertaining opinions) and personal confrontation. People who go beyond the screen are then really serious but it may save some grief from miscellaneous chaff. Glad you are back. Dad

  10. des von bladet wrote:

    I still don’t understand why relational databases are the technology of choice for storing what is a list and nothing much else, of course, but I am very sad to learn of your hosteur’s insolence.

    I vote for, as I practice, the light veil of pseudonymity. Oh, and I have long since decamped to the largely design-free promised land of RSS, which is very jolly, but does make me wonder about the role of template design in contemporary blogging.

  11. criminy.crickets wrote:

    Has template design ever been other than costume?

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