Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

On the necessity of blogging

October 20, 2008

I have been telling far too many people these days that they should blog; so, it was good to see Stevey’s (a few years old) post You should write blogs (via):

I’ve talked with a lot of people who are reluctant to write blogs. Everyone offers pretty much the same reasons: they’re too busy, or they’re afraid to put something on “permanent public record”, or they think nobody will read their blog, or they think blogging is narcissistic. Or they’re worried that they either don’t have anything good to say, or they won’t say it very well.

I’m here to tell you that none of these reasons should stop you from writing in your blog. I’ll talk about each of them in turn.

Take a look!

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Oliver Sacks, the blogger!

February 28, 2008

Mo at Neurophilosophy has the details:

A few days ago, I briefly discussed the article by Oliver Sacks about geometric hallucinations in migraine aura. I thought that it was published in the print edition of the New York Times, but it turns out that this is in fact Sacks’s first post on a new NY Times blog called Migraine: Perspectives on a Headache.Sacks is one of five “migraneur” contributors to the new blog. (His co-bloggers are author Siri Hustvedt, journalist Paula Kamen, neurologist and psychiatrist Klaus Podoll and musician Jeff Tweedy.) The post/article about visual migraines generated a lot of discussion, and, in his second post, Sacks answers some readers’ questions. Also of interest is Huvstedt’s recent post about Alice in Wonderland syndrome.

Take a look!

Some excellent blogs!

February 22, 2008

Here are some excellent blogs that I read and enjoy tremendously (in no particular order):

  1. Nanopolitan: India, Higher-Ed, politics and teaching — Abi’s blog always has something new, interesting and exciting–and a very wide range of links!
  2. FemaleScienceProfessor: Ever since I heard of FSP’s blog from asymptotia, till date, I have not seen a single post in her blog that did not interest me;
  3. On being a scientist and woman: It should be women, and engineer in addition to scientist in the name, since, recently, the education/women’s studies oriented engineer Alice Pawley joined Sciencewoman as a co-blogger. Full of thoughtfully written posts and tips on many aspects of academic life, some of Sciencewoman’s posts also resonate with me personally, since she blogs copiously about Minnow, who is almost of the same age as my daughter;
  4. Rajeev’s almanack: Be it quantum physics or Pakistan politics or some parables from Mahabharatha, here is a blog that always brings wit, wisdom and lots of humour to bear on issues!
  5. Grrlscientist: Probably one of the oldest blogs in my blog reader, Grrlscientists blog is full of photos, videos, commentary on peer-reviewed research, book reviews, and politics and personal news; the quality and quantity of the writing in this blog always makes me a bit jealous of this Interrupted scientist!
  6. Birdchick: The wonderful photographs in this blog are such a joy to view and to share; almost always, I call out to the person in the room to show that nice cardinal or this nuthatcher! If you like birds and nice photographs of birds, this is a must-see blog–not to mention the disapproving rabbit, Cinnamon;
  7. Light Reading: The only problem with Jenny Davidson’s blog is that she links to too many articles and almost all of them are a must-read; what is more, she links to nice scientific articles in addition to literary ones;
  8. Maud Newton: Maud is also like Jenny above: too many links and all of them of very high quality, and most of them are literary befitting her writerly credentials! There are occasional give-aways and recipes too;
  9. John Hawks: Hawks is one of those rare bloggers who write about paleoanthropology, genetics and evolution in a language that non-specialists like me can understand and enjoy (though not all of the posts); Hawks is also a different kind of blogger who does not allow comments on his blog–and, the reasons he gives for not allowing comments tells you the exacting standards to which he runs his blog; and,
  10. Talking pictures: This is the India-Institute version of Birdchick that I discovered relatively recently thanks to Abi, except that there are lots of evolution, ecology and such other research information to go along with the photos.

Thanks to Lim Leng Hiong at Fresh Brainz who gave me this opportunity to list ten excellent blogs by giving me the Excellent Blog award. Of course, knowing the standards by which the blogs that I have listed are run, it is a bit presumptuous of me to give them an award and ask them to post a list of ten excellent blogs (though, if some of them can indeed do that, that would be a great bonus!). So, they are to be considered more as pointers than as awards! Have fun!

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Some blogological links!

January 28, 2008
  1. Sarah Boxer at The New York Review of Books on Blogs (via Abi, at whose post, Coturnix lets us know that the response of Laeleps to the piece is a must-read);
  2. Zuska on interactive and ethical blogging;
  3. Andre of Biocurious on science and blogs (with a video clip of a talk by Andre);
  4. Dave Munger on the official launch of ResearchBlogging.org; and,
  5. Raj at Plus Ultra in a conversation with his daughter, who knows that she is just being used as a  sounding board for his blog post ideas 🙂

Transforming the way people think about blogging!

January 21, 2008

Apparently, that is the aim of wordpress; and, I understand that towards that end the free space that comes with the wordpress account has been increased sixty fold! Here is Matt Mullenweg on the developments:

Today, one of those developments comes to fruition — everyone’s free upload space has been increased 60x from 50mb to 3,000mb. To get the same amount of space at our nearest competitor, Typepad, you’d pay at least $300 a year. Blogger only gives you 1GB. We’re doing the same thing for free.

Our hope is that much in the same way Gmail transformed the way people think about email, we’ll give people the freedom to blog rich media without having to worry about how many kilobytes are left in their upload space.

How are we able to do this? Over the past year we’ve developed our file infrastructure, replication, backup, caching, and S3-backed storage to the point where we don’t feel like we need to artificially limit what you folks are able to upload just to keep up with growth. We’re ready for you. )

This certainly transforms my way of thinking about blogging: may be I should try and increase my blogging frequency, if not sixty fold, at least by a factor of two or three!

Top ten tips for new bloggers

December 16, 2007

One of the original bloggers, Jorn Barger, gives some tips at Wired:

Jorn Barger of Robot Wisdom coined the term “weblog” Dec. 17, 1997 — 10 years ago Monday — to describe the daily list of links that “logged” his travels across the web.

In the decade hence, Barger feels that he’s gained some wisdom of his own about blogging.

Of the ten tips that Barger provides, I found the second tip interesting:

You can certainly include links to your original thoughts, posted elsewhere … but if you have more original posts than links, you probably need to learn some humility.

Take a look!

Blogs as …

December 11, 2007

Toilet papers. One of the funniest (if a bit nasty) comment I heard about (literary) blogs:

Blogs are the toilet paper of reviewing — quality varies, but none of it is worth keeping.

That is one of the responses to the following question:

Should literary blogs adhere to the same rules of ethics, whatever the consensus may turn out to be on them, as newspaper book-review sections?

There is more interesting answers on several aspects of reviewing. Take a look!

HowTo: writer better

December 10, 2007

In the December 2007 issue of Blogger and Podcaster, Lorelle Vanfossen has a piece called To blog is to write: and to write better is to be a better blogger (pop-up); it is full of tips on writing. Take a look!

Evolutionary sequence

December 10, 2007

According to Seth, is:

1. Facial expressions and vocalizations.

2. Language (speech and writing).

3. Blogging.

He goes on to tell why blogging is good to get the job that you want. Take a look!

Annoying bloggers!

December 3, 2007

Jeremy Zawodny on the 10 habits  of highly annoying bloggers; via A bunch of Wordz.