So the blogosphere is seeping into
everything. It still amazes me how far we’ve come with blogs. I know: the one
you’re reading right now is the most phenomenal one of all . . . But seriously,
have you heard about the “New Stars of the Blogosphere”? In last week’s Wall
Street Journal, I read about nerdy but cool economists who are helping people
like me understand the economy. One of the worse things about this economy is
the unknown, the stuff we don’t understand, and just all the information coming
from so many places. But when we can make sense of something so fractured,
well, things start to feel a little more whole.
of the blogs that has become very popular was started by a professor at M.I.T.
Simon Johnson’s blog, “The Baseline Scenario,” helps readers understand the
global economy. I’m just getting to know this blog, but what I already love is
what you find from the get-go: five questions followed by a number of links
leading to some answers, which go a long way toward minimizing the intimidation
factor, which for some of us is a big sell. The blog asks its readers these
questions: “First time reader? Confused? (uh, yep . . .) Like the site? Want
more? Tell Congress what you think?
not sure why the last is posted as a question, but it doesn’t really matter.
What’s cool is that without even reading one post I, definitely not a great
economics student (though I did get through micro and macro in grad school . .
. ), am looking forward to reading more. I haven’t read Freakonomics by Stephen
Dubner and Steven Levitt though the fact that these authors also have a blog (to
continue the Freakonomics story) is very appealing to me.
what’s the point here? The point is that blogs have come a long, long way. It’s
fascinating to watch how blogs were once the domain of people with few credentials
to those like Professor Johnson, Dubner and Levitt.
you should start a blog or perhaps you have a client who should consider a seat
in the blogosphere.