Move Over Elf on the Shelf, It’s Time to Bring Back Krampus!

It seems that blogging about the Elf on the Shelf is a requirement in the month of December. My Facebook feed has been littered with links to Elf posts that either A) document all of the hijinks that said Elf gets into, or B) explain how much the writer despises the Elf and the work […]

Quitting Academia and Writing About It

Back in May I jumped off the ivory tower and left academia. It was a huge and difficult decision to give up tenure, and one that was a long time in the making. It was also a decision that I struggled through mostly on my own. At the time, I wasn’t aware of a lot […]

How to Deal With Blog Content Scraping

A few weeks ago a friend posted a question about content scraping in a Facebook group for running bloggers that I started (you can join here if you’re interested, bloggers of any type are welcome). He had noticed that some of his posts were popping up on another site and was wondering how to deal […]

Hour of Code – Introducing Kids to Computer Programming

I was talking to my wife on the phone yesterday and she said my oldest son Anders (he’s 10 and in 4th grade) was really excited to tell me something. He’s big into Minecraft these days and has been on my case for a long time to start him his own blog. She put him […]

Honesty: A Guiding Principle for Writing Blog Reviews

One of the things that shocked me about becoming a blogger is that when your site gains a bit of a following, brands start to seek you out. You get marked as an “influencer” in marketing-speak, which basically means that you are someone whose opinions drive decision-making when it comes to product purchases. In other words, […]

Inspiration For the Color Scheme On This Blog Came From…

A running shoe. Naturally.

Embrace Your Inner Geek

As I was considering what to name this blog, I decided that I definitely wanted to incorporate the word “geek” somewhere in the title or tagline. Why? Because I openly admit to being one. I’m proud of my geekiness, and I think that embracing one’s inner geek is a path to success in life. You […]

Why The Blogologist? – On Choosing a Blog Title and Domain Name

I’m terrible at coming up with blog names. When I first started my main site,, it was on the Blogger platform and the URL was Not very descriptive, though @oblinkin remains my personal Twitter handle to this day. The story behind that name is that my daughter couldn’t say Abe Lincoln when she […]