Huffington Post’s newest blogger

Huffington Post’s newest blogger

Huffington Post’s newest blogger

Bad Astronomy
The entire universe in blog form
Feb. 28 2006 3:08 PM

Huffington Post’s newest blogger

'... me!

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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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.'