Introducing Smorgasblog

Via Negativa just had a baby: Smorgasblog. Go look.

I’ll be updating Smorgasblog on a weekly basis, and posting reminders here. It will have its own archives, but no comments feature. I strongly encourage readers to click through and read the original posts, and leave comments there if they feel so moved.

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).


  1. Congratulations on the birth of your baby! And I’m honoured and surprised to be one of the first to be the guests, among such good writers. Thanks, Dave!


  2. Oh, how cool is this! I must admit, though, that as grateful as I am to have this convenient smattering of tasty posts arrayed for my delectation, I’m also feeling a bit guilty that I don’t (currently) have time for the poring & pondering that it takes to *make* a smorgasblog.

    I guess that tells you a bit about me, doesn’t it? :-) My own guilt trips notwithstanding, I’m happy & grateful that you’ve taken the time to arrange a splendid repast for the rest of us…


  3. Great stuff, great choices! You’ve got me as a fan at once by choosing my favourite post of recent days – Will’s musings on his retreat, which I printed out and have been carrying around to keep rereading.


  4. Thanks for the positive feedback!

    Marja-Leena, it was your and Tom’s posts that finally galvanized me into action (though I was guided by Peter’s example at Slow Reads).

    Lorianne, please don’t feel guilty. I’m sure you reach more people through teaching than I’ll ever reach through blogging.

    Jean – Glad you liked my picks. Will’s blog is always such a treat to visit – both visually and intellectually appealing.


  5. I love what you’ve done with your vaguely compatible blogs list. The personalized teasers are fun reading even though I don’t have time to grow my list of blog acquaintances much. I’ll know where to start when I do. You do a sensitive job of it, right down to noting whether or not the blogger in question prefers his or her site’s name capitalized.


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