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New Year Honours

January 3rd, 2010

Dr Petra

It’s a funny old thing, blogging. You post stuff, and you get feedback, which although useful (and definitely helps you improve your writing), is generally about your blog’s content.

Sometimes people tell you how much they like your blog. Which is always nice. But it’s even better when bloggers recognise what you’re doing – and tell other people about it.

Which is why I was really delighted to be mentioned as one of the top ten ‘bloggers of the year’ (number 6 to be exact), compiled by Crispian Jago for The Pod Delusion.

There are some impressive nominees in the list – including blogs by Zeno, Gimpy, Carmen, and Naomi. All of whom are fantastic writers and whose blogs I follow regularly.

The overall (and rightful) winner was Jack of Kent, who has written an ‘acceptance speech’ blog where he discusses ‘What is good blogging?’. Aside from being very complimentary to me, this blog (and The Pod Delusion) raises some important and interesting questions about what good blogging can, and should, involve.

In relation to sex blogging I’d add to this the excellent discussion from a couple of years back by Cory Silverberg and colleagues about what makes for a better sex blog.

These blogs and the discussions that go with them all address key issues around what blogging can achieve. This is a topic which I think we’ll continue to revisit in 2010, particularly shifting our gaze so we don’t just focus on blogs that read well, but we begin to look for measurable outcomes for what blogs can achieve. After all, it’s not enough to write well. The point of many blogs that fall within science communication, open access, activism (and as in my case) sex education is to make a difference to our readers and wider society. How we may achieve this, and measure it, is something that’s now essential to all conversations on ‘good blogging’.

I’d like to use this opportunity to mention a few of the blogs I rate (you can see a complete list in the links to your right). Mind Hacks is undoubtedly my top read for all psychology/neurology stories. Cory Silverberg’s blog for about.com (linked to above) is a fantastic mix of advice, reflection, and entertainment. I also really like Marty Klein for raising issues many sex educators are too timid to talk about. And I can’t not mention Kinsey Confidential - whose blog and podcasts I think are fantastic, but who are also phenomenal on Twitter with a near constant stream of sex tips, links and science.

I’ll finish with a big Thank You to Crispian, The Pod Delusion and Jack of Kent. In the words of Sally Field “I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect….I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”

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