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How many blogs do we rip on the daily

Jeff and John were bugging me about this so I thought I should give a quick summary:

Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science: Most of my stuff goes here. We also have several other contributors who unfortunately don’t blog very often. When they do blog, they usually have something good to say. I used to ask my students and postdocs to blog here when I was on vacation, but then I found out they were spending hours writing these blog entries, which seems to be contrary to the spirit of the thing. I’ve recently started posting political things on Nate Silver’s site. Nate’s super-cool–recall that one of the reasons I became a statistician was from reading Bill James, and Nate is definitely of that breed–and also this allows me to reach a different audience than I’m reaching here. David Frum’s conservative site. This started with an article I wrote a few months ago on the lessons for conservatives from the 2008 election. I am occasionally posting here when I have something relevant for this audience, whether it be a bit of number crunching specifically relevant to something newsworthy, or a more general point about political polarization or whatever. I do not see my research as inherently liberal or conservative (or moderate, for that matter), and I (naively, I’m sure) feel that politics would improve if all sides have a clearer view of public opinion.

The Monkey Cage: A blog run by John Sides, Lee Sigelman, and others, focusing on political science research. I post there sometimes (generally crossposting on this blog) and also participate in discussions there.

Overcoming Bias: I post here sometimes because it’s fun (albeit frustrating) to try to communicate with a bunch of people with whom I probably disagree with on 95% of all issues. Robin Hansen is an interesting guy and it seems worth keeping these communication lines open, even though I feel I’m speaking a different language from most of the participants there.

Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Boris set up this website for our book and we kept a blog going here, with frequent posts in the month leading up to the election and the month or so following. Since then I’ve been putting all my political posts here at Statistical Modeling (or at the other sides mentioned above), so there’s no need to keep up with that one.

Rachel and I also set up a blog for my course last semester; that worked pretty well for communicating to students, and I think I’ll do it again, but that’s not relevant to discussions of public blogs here.

I think I can handle the first 5 blogs above. I can’t really see reducing beyond that, given the goal of reaching diverse audiences. Of course what I really want is for everyone to read the Statistical Modeling blog–but I recognize that not everyone is fascinated by discussions of statistical graphics, R code, causal inference, and so forth. I’ll tell you one thing: this is the only blog where you’ll get my musings about literature!

One Comment

  1. Michael Bishop says:

    As far as I'm concerned, the more you engage the ideas and theories on offer at the better!

    I really hope you don't become too frustrated with them to continue.