Deepak , who introduced me to blogging recently added me onto his list of “Thinking bloggers”. I am honored to be part of a list on bbgm that contains four veteran bloggers and I am sure being his friend has a lot to do with it.
SO , If I am to list the blogs or bloggers that inspired me the list would go like this..
1)Jon Udell : I started reading his columns in infoworld many years ago. But it was reading through reading his blog posts that got me interested in Screencasting ( he is the originator of the term) , XML , the seminars on long term thinking and about 95% of the things that take up my “free” time.
2) Chris Geminiani at Juice analytics: Deepak first blogged about this company on his bbgm blog. Following which I also heard one of its founders interviewed by Jon Udell. Following these postings,I was hooked. Juice’s approach to analytics using Excel has made me start appreciating the power of analytics (for eg check out this post analysing the above podcast interview)
3)Jean Claude Bradley: Early on Jean Claude Bradley commented on one of my posts, following which I checked out his useful chemistry blog. His championing of the power of the wiki , his approach to chemistry education and dedication to open-science are inspirational. Jean Claude Bradley also introduced be to youtube as a means of science popularization.
5 &6 ) For the last blog, I would like to trackback to two blogs that are examples of science blogging at its best. They are the John Hawks anthropology blog and Damian Allis’s blog, also tagged by Deepak. Both of these blogs make me want to be a better “scientific” blogger and were instrumental in making me take the blog plunge. I particularly enjoyed readings John Hawks coverage of the “hobbit man” findings and the visual appeal of Damians Allis’s blog ( I confess I am no computational chemist).
Before I go I will repeat here the rules of the Thinking blog tagging chain ,copied from Deepaks post:
(1) If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think; (2) Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme; and (3) Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.