The folks at ResearchBlogging.org have launched version 2.0 with the assistance of Seed Media Group Technology. The new Research Blogging site apparently has all kinds of new and trick features although I have to confess that I've never been a user. In the even that this concept is new to you, the About page lays it down.
The whole idea of ResearchBlogging.org appears to be a certification process for blog posts. A self-certification process with quality control checking / policing of some sort. If you don't adhere to the guidelines, the ResearchBlogging.org goons will seriously mess you up!
The site also serves as an aggregator of all-research-blogging for those that want this sort of thing, unrelieved by political ranting, memes, flamewars, personal dog / kiddo pictures and the like. Not for me, but perhaps for you.
No distractions or tangents. Like this one.
Thinking about the ResearchBlogging folks' yearning for "certification" of the excellence of their work reminded me of something I was reading at A scientist's life.
interesting to hear what she has to say about the whole thing - especially a certain panellist's view on anonymous blogging (to which I can stick a finger up and say "Go fuck yourself"
Actually Lou was thinking about a comment from KH (the "she" of "she has to say") who reviewed her experiences at the LondonBloggerzMeetup2008 thingy.
The issue of anonymous blogging was raised and smacked down pretty hard by one panelist who believed that no anonymous blogger could ever have the credibility that she had as an 'own name' blogger. I don't want to get into that debate here, but again I found the response naive and insensitive to many of the fears and restrictions endured by the scientific blogging community. In sessions such as these I feel the panelists should be chosen for a perspective beyond their own paradigm, and in this case, they clearly were unable to provide it.
Lou, KH..., you know what? Ignore these idiots. Seriously. I don't have any problem with people who want to become the All-That of blogging in their various domains. And let us just recognize that there are going to be the same people as in any other human endeavor. Those that establish their voice, credentials and reputation just by putting their heads down and doing a good job. Those that shoot to the heights by some random confluence of events and google-fu. And those that spin feverishly trying to define and credential themselves into some position of imagined credibility. Let 'em. Read what you want, don't read what you don't want. Let those who enjoy your stuff read it and anyone who doesn't respect you because they don't know "who" you are? HAHAHAHA! Their loss.
Me, I can't see how my enjoyment of Lou's or KH's writing would change one bit if I knew their meatspace identities. Not for any of the rest of you-all pseud bloggers either.
and to bring this back around, I don't think that little ResearchBlogging icon thingy tells me anything about the quality of the blog post either. Dave Munger made himself into a prime example of all-research blogging long before he came up with ResearchBlogging.org and the icon dealio. My respect for his work didn't change one bit afterward, either.
Certification and credentialing just seems a little bit to me like protesting too much, that's all.