click to publish

When you write a blog post with the software I use (MovableType), and you’re ready to put it on your site, you click “publish.” That little operation is one of the reasons I love to blog. It contrasts so sharply with what “publishing” means in my professional life: looking for appropriate journals, mailing them cover letters and draft articles, waiting months for replies, reading anonymous peer reviews, revising, resubmitting, correcting proofs, waiting. Obviously, peer review provides huge benefits, and I still focus most of my energy on traditional publishing. But it can be a huge relief and a great release to publish by clicking.