We started Talking Brains as an experiment to see if blogging is actually a useful way to communicate in the scientific community. Two things have surprised me over the last 6+ months. 1. People read blogs, including this one which received 1400 visits last month. This is not much compared to the big boys -- I learned that some Scientific American blogs have a million or so visits a month -- but 1400 is not bad considering the size of our field. 2. People don't interact much on blogs, at least this one. I had hopped initially that this would be a discussion forum. But it hasn't turned out that way except in the few instances. So is it useful? Hard to tell since no one comments. :-) Hopefully, some of the ideas and commentary we've put up here has stimulated research. If so, then it's probably worth it.
If anyone has any ideas on how to get more interaction, please let us know.