Blogging systems and advice
All members of the Research Cooperative can publish notes with their own blog page from inside our network, but for more options and personal control, we can choose from the many dedicated blogging systems now available. I can recommend Blogger.com and Wordpress.com, but many other platforms have good points and should be explored.
Wordpress.com (and a do-it-yourself platform at Wordpress.org)
'Photo blogging' is a major recognised category of blogging, and is one that may be of interest to researchers who use photography in their work.
A visit to Photoblogs.org will give many leads to the blogging systems favoured by photographers.
'Science blogging' as also a major recognised category, and we can learn a lot about, and from, the science blogs reviewed at Scienceblogs.com . And just to demonstrate this, we can still (two years later) see my own reply to a posting about a meeting that celebrated 'Open Access Day' in 2008 . In that posting, John Wilkins described Open Access "an earth changing movement in scholarly communication".
Blogging is surely part of this movement (and so too is the Research Cooperative).
If any of this has inspired you to start or improve your own blogging site, please remember to link back to the Research Cooperative.
Blogging is another kind of publication, and can be used to support and promote the work of individual researchers, editors, translators, illustrators, IT specialists, language-service companies, academic societies, research projects, and research institutions.
As the number of blog sites increases, it will become increasingly important to produce well-written content in order attract readers.
Our network, the Research Cooperative, will (I hope) have an increasingly important role to play in supporting science blogs (i.e. the work of science writiers, who interpret science for wide audiences), and other research-related blogs.
If you would like to recommend any sources of information about blogging and science blogs, please reply to this message!
We are interested in the entire universe of science blogging.
What are the top science blogs and platforms for English, and for languages other than English?