I have posted euphorically before about the benefits of blogging. Frank Wilson, in the wake of the Army of Davids, has written a lovely post in his usual succinct and pertinent manner, about why blogging is so great.
This is "it" — the 43 (the meaning of life to those who haven’t read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) — " blogs are extraordinarily helpful in linking those with a community of interests to each other. No coercion, no top-down organization. It just happens. "
Thanks, Frank. (And thanks also to Dave Lull, who is included in Frank’s posting, for his perceptive comments on the same theme, and for telling me about "place-ism".)
Blogs are valuable in providing an outlet for diverse opinions. I’ve also found it helpful as a alternative to the mainstream publishing industry. As noted in a recent commentary in Nature magazine, publishers seem to shun fiction which accurately portrays science. Blogs allow for the posting of this kind of work, a way to advertise it via "word of blog", and a chance to get some reader feedback. There’s no money in it, but the many positive reader comments I’ve gotten about my insider novel of nuclear power have been worth the effort. It’s certainly better than "self-publishing" the old fashioned way and just handing out a few copies to friends.
[The Nature commentary can be found at http://www.lablit.com/images/RohnNature_Jan_2006.pdf. I have a commentary about my experiences and decision to go blogging at the same LabLit.com site. My novel is at my blog address – see the reader comments and endorsements at the homepage].
Thanks for this fascinating comment. I am actually an editor on Nature, and though I did not handle that article I did help to develop it into the final published version. I think it is a nice piece and makes a good point (as you do).
I am going to look at the lablit site and at your novel info.
Thank you very much.