T: Amazing Husband ST: Three-year-old Wonder Prof. G: Advisor I Prof. C: Advisor II Julie: Stylish Sister Rob: Awesome Brother Belle: Our Cat Bill: Grumbling BIL Rita: Uncomplicated SIL SMU: Smallish Midwestern University Doctoral University: where I got my Ph.D.
"If there is someone on your blogroll who makes your world a better place just because that person exists and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence on your blog."
I'm sure we could all say this -- academia can be so isolating, a place where it's difficult to register your complaints openly, difficult to step out of your "I'm a scholar!" persona and reveal your personal life, difficult to show colleagues how much they mean to you in both an academic and non-academic sense. Blogging is a release, a place where you can be as silly or smart as you like and take comfort in the fact that some other blogging academic out there understands.