Via Daniel Drezner, an interesting post by Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution on the possible interface between blogging and "serious" academia. I can't deny that blogging takes up a lot of time, and, in between inspiration, I seriously wonder if I could not be alphabetizing my constructs or otherwise furthering my career. Thus blogging requires a bit of justification beyond doing it for the love.
Cowen's notion is that of blog as efficient vehicle for popularizing or communicating to non-specialists. Essentially the usenet formula. You can be informal; you can include harder (read: subscription) links for specialists, and you can marshal your vast army of slavish readers to double your funding... no, sorry, something must be in the coffee this morning (Gene Roddenberry? ). Seriously, though, I think the biology world really needs a better communications office. It's not as self-referential a discipline as the fashion world, but we lack Heidi Klum.
But then I go off and blog about extraterrestrial beasties, so I guess I'm not really bridging the gap.
Wow, I just ran Blogger.com's spell checker, and it didn't like "Blog" or "blogger." I should Replace blog with bloc? Don't they watch CNN?