Saturday, September 10, 2005

What's this all about?

There are a lot of blogs out there. Almost all of them are read by like 3 people, tops. People even study that phenomenon. I'm not going to try to be Instapundit, but I am going to try to be interesting. I think my goal is that someday, someone I don't actually know will read my blog more than once. That's not too ambitious, is it? Anyway, people have recommendations about how to make a blog interesting, and I'm going to try to follow them as best I can.

Here is what I intend this blog to be about:
  • Talking about new developments in science, and particularly cognitive science, and explaining why I think they're interesting and important.
  • Talking about new developments in science that are getting a lot of press, and suggesting why I think the media is missing the point. (This happens a lot...)
  • Talking about cooking and food in an amusing, informative, and personal way. This isn't going to be the type of food blog where I post beautiful food porn of the $300 dinners I have, nor will there be a lot of recipes. More likely, I'll talk about mistakes I've made...
  • Talking about New York City events that I think are interesting even to people who don't live here.
Here are some things this blog isn't going to be about:
  • My life, except as it pertains to science, food, or NYC events interesting to non-New Yorkers.
  • The news and politics. I have opinions about politics, of course, but I don't think I'm likely to have very much to add that you can't get at other blogs. (Which I can recommend... See the links in the sidebar, once I get around to figuring out how to set that up.)
  • Technology. Ditto. (Ditto.)
  • "Thought this was interesting" with no additional perspective. That's boring.
My goal is to write interesting posts a few times a week.

Incidentally, I recommend blog aggregators. They inform you of when there are new postings at all of the blogs you read, so you don't have to store bookmarks and check each of them. I use Bloglines, which is a web-based aggregator, so it works from any of the computers I use. Very convenient, really...



At 1:35 PM, Blogger ReMARKable Palate said...

Well, you've already figured out the secret to getting new people to read your blog: Post comments on other people's blogs! Thanks for the comment, I responded to it on my blog (

Good luck with this. I'm also a NYC Food person, and I like science too!


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