At last weekend’s terrific ScienceOnline09 science blogging conference, two Nature Blog Network stalwarts Grrlscientist of Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) and Kevin Zelnio of Deep-Sea News moderated a session on Nature Blogging. Alas, N8 and I missed this valuable session since we were out, um, chasing nature but that doesn’t mean the important dialogue should be left behind!
Grrlscientist posted a list of questions on her blog for discussion. You can find 11 participants’ written responses transcribed for you to read and comment on there as well. However, I’ve posted the questions below in the hopes that members of the NBN would be willing to share their thoughts on any and all of the topics touched upon. This is what we do after all, right?
- 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?
- 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?
- Other comments…?
Please share your thoughts, opinions, and favorite nature essays of 2008 in the comments section!