The Org Prep Daily access rate has been pretty high this week – clearly with the help of the plugs from Dylan, Kyle, Tot Synth and also Jean-Claude in their blogs. I guess there are few hundreds regular readers now, just few weeks after this site started. I am particularly pleased that Google search terms like “ninhydrin solution TLC”, “azide from mesylate”, “IBX Dess-Martin”, “TFFH” and “people getting hurt” are getting through and directing people here. I plan on writing Org Prep Daily in the near future, at least until the end of this year, to see if this kind of interest would continue.
There has been a similar project, Synthetic Pages http://www.syntheticpages.org/browse.php going on for several years now. They have a seriously useful synthetic procedure collection there and I definitely recommend Synthetic Pages to everyone’s attention. I wish them best luck with their effort. The reason why I did not send my procedures in there was that I wanted to start my own page with a more personal touch. A site that would have some day-to-day activity, where one could have a comment sections after each procedure. I think the blogg format may work for this purpose. The main inspiration came from Dylan’s Tenderbutton but the decisive factor was the WordPress software and free hosting at wordpress.com. WordPress has made this a fairly effortless undertaking, even for a computer-naive person like me.
Two things about the near future of Org Prep Daily: 1) I have not taken any vacation since I started at the institute here and I am taking some time off, one week from now (my dad is visiting) so there will be a brief hiatus on updates – for about one week- beginning from next Saturday.
2) Call for authors: It is clear that it wouldn’t be possible for me to keep up with two-procedures-a-day updates if every procedures here was to be based on my experimental output (and I woudn’t want to go on by posting rubbish). When I started Org Prep Daily, I already had a collection of procedures from current and past projects. Since I am not in industry anymore, posting the building-block-and-reagent procedures was non-problematic for me; and I have made lots of these over the years. But my store of good procedures will eventually run out – maybe in one month time. So I am going to invite other people to write for this page.