I fell off the blogging wagon in June.  My lame excuses include:  TechEd came up and that took too much time with planning and actual event, vacations hit and I was gone, it is too sunny in Seattle in the summer so I was outside storing up sunshine for winter and not blogging, and I was too busy bike racing (my hobby) to blog (what is really lame is that I ride at Marymoor Velodrome here in Redmond and MSN just put in free WiFi in Marymoor Park.  I could have gone down to the track early and sat in the sun and blogged before riding).

Fact is that I really failed to make it a habitual part of what I do every day.  I didn't forget to do email for three months, or open PowerPoint, or mess around with Windows.  Those practices had become a habit, a way of doing business every day.  Blogging for me was still in the novelty stage.

During the summer, I began a new project to help others in my organization begin to blog.  I'll have more on that that over the next few weeks and months as the program rolls out.  But in the course of that, I realized I needed to begin to solve the problem in my own lab -- me.  What is it that motivates me, what do I need to do to make blogging a part of everyday work, and what do I do when I can't think of what to write.

I also began to work with Lee LeFever and met with people around campus like Jonathan Grudin and Korby Parnell  and this has really helped my thinking about blogging and what it takes to break through the novelty barrier and see it as intrinsic to a new way of working.