Naturalist Blogging in the heart of the Big Apple.
Welcome everyone, to our session at the ScienceOnline ’09 conference at Sigma Xi in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. This session is focuses on Nature Blog Writing and is being co-hosted by GrrlScientist (who is the author of this blog) and Kevin Zelnio, co-author of The Other 95%. This session is occurring live at the buttcrack of dawn (0900-1000 ET) on Sunday morning, 18 January 2008. The attendees will be discussing the following questions and their responses will be added to the host blogs as well as to our conference wiki, and might also be incorporated into future writings that we plan to do on this topic. If you are reading this and would also like to add your comments and thoughts to the live discussion, please post your responses in the comments section since this blog entry will be projected onto the large screen in the conference room where our session is being held. The topics we will be discussing are listed below the fold (although the live discussion will likely cover other topics that are not listed);
- What is a nature blog? What is the difference between nature and science blog writing? What is the difference between nature blog writing and other types of blog writing?
- What are (should be) the goals for nature blog writing? [This is the "why bother with nature blog writing at all?" question]
- How important are blog carnivals for connecting nature-loving folks (e.g., I And The Bird, Circus of the Spineless, Carnival of the Blue, Oekologie…)?
- What do you think about collaborative global sites like: iNaturalist, Faunapolis, Scratchpads, The Internet Bird Collection, UKmoths, Identify a butterfly and Useum?
- Who is the audience? What are they looking for, what are they finding?
- How much science is (and should or should not be) associated with nature stories and pictures?
- What is the best nature essay you’ve read in the past year or so? Why did you like this essay so much?