brad wright, a u-connecticut sociologist, started a new blog on life as a christian professor. though we came from very different places, much of what i learned in gradschool, i learned from brad.
deep friendships can form in the crucible of graduate study, maybe because there are so many intense and bizarre and intensely bizarre experiences to share. as i've mentioned before, brad and my other buddies would gently bust me on my self-absorption (you know, chris, there's a possibility that the faculty might be discussing something other than you today) and complaining (wow, buddy, given all these difficulties, we're really lucky that we can just walk away and sell insurance or something. i'm sure that would be much less alienating). i can't claim that i matured from such exchanges, but i think they got me headed in the right direction for a few years.
such friends offer both the support we need and the needle that helps us laugh at ourselves. if you think that sounds like a pretty good vibe for a blog, you might want to check it out.