I’ve been reading The Huffington Post for sometime now. While I don’t always agree with what the bloggers say, I have found much of it to be quite amusing and entertaining.
A couple of months ago I noticed they would link to astronomy news, and it would get a lot of comments, but then that was it. No bloggers were following up. So I decided they needed a scientist on the blogroll to make those needed insider comments.
By coincidence, at The Amaz!ng Meeting, Lawrence O’Donnell was scheduled to talk, and he’s a regular on HuffPo. It figures: he didn’t make it to the meeting. Undaunted, I emailed him (which in itself is cool, since he is the executive produce of The West Wing) and he replied back! I sent him my pitch, he forwarded it to Arianna (now that I’m a blogger we’re on a first-name basis), and she agreed to take me on!
I was then promptly overloaded with work, so I had to wait over a month to actually write something. But the Hubble image in the previous entry seemed like an auspicious way to start my new blogging activities. So I wrote up an entry and away I went! The post went live around 8:00 a.m. Pacific time. I put in a link to my blog here, and out of curiosity I checked my access logs. In the 6 hours since the entry went live, I have accrued exactly 3 hits, and I suspect one of them is from me. So this wasn’t the giant jump I was hoping for.
Still, it’s cool to say I am blogging with one of the biggest and most popular blogs on the internets. I won’t post there terribly often, maybe a few times a month, but when I do I’ll make a note of it here.’