As I mentioned in a recent post, I am a newbie in the blogosphere, not only with regard to posting, but also (to a lesser degree) with regard to reading your blogs. There are three types of posts that I find extremely interesting and useful:
- Discussion and advice on bioinformatics tools or services – i have learned a lot already on what new services are being created out there and what tools other people in the field are using. One excellent example is the description of ‘screen scraping’ on Public Rambling. There are many more examples out there.
- Discussion of recent scientific findings. In particular if these are not just copies of press releases, but contain some discussion on the merits of implications of the finding. A great example, which I enjoyed very much is the post on cell entry of Plasmodium found in The Daily Transcript.
- ‘Inside stories’ about events/developements I knew about before, but now viewed and commented by somebody who was really involved. A great example from my area of interest is the posts on Velcade development in the Omics! Omics! blog.
There are other categories of postings that I don’t savour as much as other bloggers apparently do:
- Posts on defending evolution against ID aficionados. For reasons that I don’t understand, this type of discussion appears to keep at least 30% of science bloggers busy. I don’t quite see the point in those posts; scientists don’t need to be convinced, and ID believers probably cannot be convinced by any amount of scientific reasoning.
- Posts on blogging. Meta-blogging seems to be tremendously popular in the blogosphere. My ignorance here probably just goes to show that I am not a real blogger – maybe I will change my mind in the next few months. To make a start, I have created a tag ‘blogging’ and will use it here. My first meta-post.
My own blog will certainly focus on the same types of posts that I like to read on other people’s blogs. Most likely, you won’t read anything on ID here (although I already covered the subject of soul genomics). As much as I would like to give you exciting inside stories, this will have to wait until i am actually privy to anything interesting. I am afraid my readers (if only there were any!) will have to settle on my opinions on bioinformatics tools and new discoveries in molecular and cellular biology.