My son Sam is a budding scientist and blogger. He came to the ScienceOnline09 conference in North Carolina with me this past January and had a great time.
Needless to say, Bora has tracked him down and interviewed him here.
How does (if it does) blogging figure in your work? How about social networks, e.g., Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook? How much will they in the future?
In Grade 9, I had a science project to do that was supposed to be about anything that had to do with the curriculum. They were pretty loose on this definition: if it in any way had to do with space, biology, physics, or electromagnetism (the very direct subset of physics we went into with more detail), you could go on any sort of quest to find out more about it provided you could and it was legal. This was such an open-ended and large assignment that my mind was blown for a couple of minutes (not because it was only one or another, but both). Then I wasn’t sure what to do. I can’t remember who later suggested a blog (me or my dad, who’s prodded me a lot and for a while now to keep my blog going), but I ended up writing a blog about what I could learn about space exploration. It has simply become my blog, and is found at samandspace.blogspot.com. I’ve been filling the blog with things I find online, when I get inspired (but often when my dad asks for some consistency, too; he still often gives me great places to go, too), and it’s had a few visitors from Google or links from my dad’s blog. I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising that a solid portion of these visitors have been from faraway countries, but it’s still amazing to see that tracked.
…And now back to our regularly scheduled summer blogging break.