Calling all geology bloggers!!
Okay, I think we are getting somewhere now with getting a geology blog carnival going.
Coturnix from A Blog Around The Clock was kind enough to chime in and provide me a link to a post from last year outlining what a blog carnival is and what it should be (take a look). This is helpful…as the comments from last week revealed, many of us geo-bloggers are aware of carnivals but not quite sure what they are.
What is a blog carnival?
A blog carnival is:
So far, we have agreed that the (still) unnamed geology carnival will be rotating (hosted on a different blog each issue), regular (about once a month, more-or-less), and, of course, providing the links to the posts.
We are still working on the ‘well-defined’ part of this equation. What should it be about? This is a tough question. Here’s what I gathered from the comments in the original post last week:
- we don’t want to focus on a single discipline within earth sciences (e.g., seismology, geochronology, sedimentology, etc.); the best aspect of a blogging community is the breadth
- but…we don’t want to be completely unfocused either
A couple of ways to strike the perfect balance (that we thought of so far) are to have editions of the carnival focus on:
- a geographic region — in this way, bloggers can share their expertise and knowledge but we will have a ‘theme’ within which the (hopefully) numerous posts will fit
- similarly…focus on a specific geologic time (e.g., Cretaceous, Archean, Holocene, etc.)
- share stories and photos about field work or field trips — many of us have chosen the path of geology as our scientific discipline because of field experiences
At this point, it seems there is a decent consensus to have our first edition of _________ to be about a geographic region. I think this is a great idea. I was also thinking that since plate tectonics is what ties everything together….it is our closest thing to a ‘grand unifying theory’… that for our first edition we should choose a tectonic plate to blog about (maybe one of the bigger ones to start).
In this way, we can choose a region but, at the same time, have a geological foundation from which the individual posts can start.
If everybody is on board with this, then I can go ahead and put together the first ‘call for posts’. But, please don’t hesitate to comment on potential shortcomings of this approach….I really want this to be a community decision.
One final, but very important issue: We need a name and a logo!!
I don’t know….maybe “Plates and Periods” …. or something.
Let the brainstorming begin.
image of plates from here