As a grad student, I research a lot of stuff. Most of it is related to my work on AI’s, but along the yellow brick road that leads to my personal Oz, I peek into anything that catches my interest. Plus, I’m around like-minded individuals who love pulling threads.
But the post that has by far the most hits to date is on metamaterials. Since I first stumbled onto these man-made pieces of matter, I’ve chatted seven times about them and their uses (like an invisibility cloak). Shockingly, lots of people out there in the world share my passion. Take a look at my quarter numbers:
The second highlighted post–What’s so important about the Theory of Consciousness–I didn’t even know existed until I read a fascinating article about it. Over 1400 people shared my curiosity.
I love blogging for just this reason, and it exemplifies why mainstream media doesn’t have a chance of outpacing the popularity of blogs, forums, twitter, wikis, etc. Staples of news delivery a decade ago, newspapers and magazines can no longer appeal to the diverse interests of the common man that online enthusiasts with a keyboard can. The only game the old media can play is Red Rover and hope the eight hundred pound gorilla on the field doesn’t take aim at their scrawny handhold on existence.