Not all readers are writers, but all writers are readers.
I don’t manage my reading time very well. I spend too much time scrolling thru my twitter feed, the epitome of ADD-style reading. It’s like reading a newpaper by just scanning all the headlines. (Guilty as charged.) I save my deep, slow reading for books – the ones made of real paper pages that I turn by hand, but I’m not always diligent about setting aside blocks of time for book reading. There is an in-between side of reading, though. Before the internet, it was magazines, but now that reading side of my life is fulfilled with reading blogs.
I currently am following 37 blogs with my WordPress reader. A few are written by IRL friends, a few are fairly mainstream with lots of followers, but most are personal blogs similar to mine that I have just stumbled across. Many of them are inactive, actually. I do occasionally go thru and cull the list, but sometimes I don’t want to delete a blog that has gone inactive. I don’t actually know these people, but I am still curious about what happened to them. Why did they suddenly stop blogging? Maybe they will start again and open this weird, electronic window into their life.
But, as is often the case, I have digressed. What I really wanted to write about tonight is The Last Word on Nothing. I’m pretty sure that I have mentioned this blog before, but it is has remained my favorite internet read every since I discovered it. It is science-y, yet personal. It covers any and every scientific field. It is interesting, well-written, and (this is important) each post is just the right length to satisfy my in-between style reading brain.
Why should you read it?
First, maybe its tagline will grab you like it grabbed me:
“Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing” – Victor Hugo
Not enough to hook you? Ok, how about this paragraph where they describe themselves:
Our writers live in London, Yellowknife, White Salmon, New York, Mexico City, Portland, Baltimore, Madison, the central California coast, Washington, D.C., and Cedaredge. In their day jobs, they write books, teach science writing, and roam widely over the earth to meet deadlines for Science, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, High Country News, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and many other magazines. By night, they write for you.
“By night, they write for you.” That line got me. Still not enough to make you check it out? Then hear my plea.
I am a science person and I fervently believe that everyone should be a science person. Actually, I believe that everyone IS a science person, you just have to be exposed to the truth and beauty and facts and process and history and research and passion that is science. What you’ll get from reading The LWON is a glimpse into all kinds of different science, posted by great writers who just want to share their passion. It’s not targeted at PhDs or experts, it’s written for you and me and all of us.
They post M-F with a weekly recap on Saturdays. You can also follow them on twitter @TheLWON and on facebook if one of those social media platforms is your preferred method for finding out when and what they are posting. Check them out. Keep reading, keep learning and enjoy yourself while you’re at it.