Changing my blogging pattern slightly

As regular readers know, I blog on a fairly predictable schedule, each day consisting of a fairly longish think piece first thing, followed by two or three shorter items. I choose to do it this way because I like having a routine and these self-imposed demands help me maintain a writing discipline, while enabling me to also do my job and live the rest of my life.

But I do read a lot and thus many ideas for blog posts come to me. I have so far avoided just putting up links to articles without adding any significant commentary of my own, unless it is one of those silly or funny videos that need few or no words to accompany them. Too many posts may well become tedious for readers. So what I do is jot down the links or notes so that in the future I can write something substantive about them, often aggregating many different items into one piece.

But what is happening is that my jotted notes for posts are growing far faster than I have the time to write thoughtful commentaries on them and so many things get unwritten or cease to be timely, which seems a pity. Since over time blogs tend to consist of largely like-minded communities, it could well be that things that I read that I find interesting will also be so to at least some others and so maybe just sharing them will be of benefit.

So I am going to try out a new schedule which will likely have more postings overall but some may be briefer, just pointing people to things worth reading.

Let’s see how it goes.


  1. machintelligence says

    Hey, links are good. It helps to have more eyes scanning for the things worth reading. 🙂

  2. Scott says

    I don’t mind a change in the pattern. I go to this blog first each day because of it’s thoughtfulness as well as it’s depth of thought and breadth of subject range.

    You consistently maintain an excellent, interesting and entertaining blog.

  3. Pteryxx says

    Link roundups can be a good thing. I admit I don’t have time to read everything you write even now, but I appreciate the topics you focus on and I’d be glad to see what else is on your radar.

  4. lorn says

    I always check out Dispatches and PZ’s efforts but it is your blog that I would miss the most if it was to go away. I frequently disagree with your opinion but you clearly have something to say about important and interesting issues. Keep up the good work.

    It is a mixed bag on this site. Some post and say next to nothing, other don’t post at all, and a few seem to be so caught up in their hurt feelings and documenting their abuse that they have effectively given up any positive message and instead have sidelined themselves with whining and complaining, which is exactly what the hateful people they complain about desired most. Sigh …

    Thirty-five blogs and seven or eight that regularly deliver meaningful content. Yes, I scan the other’s posts but IMHO most of it is a waste of bandwidth to download. The occasional gem keeps me digging.

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