Some are of the opinion that blogs add noise to the internet and make good information harder to find. There certainly is something to this view, but I think by and large blogs are to the good, when done well. What I somehow miss, especially in the mathematical blogosphere, are compressing and summarizing reports or, so to speak, reading-logs.
I am surprised that this seems not to exist as a sort-of-a-subgenre of mathematical blogging. Of course, the default mode of mathematical blogging are almost-complete mathematical expositions, but I am missing a genre of the type “I am reading this or that article or blog-post (given with full explicit references and credits to the original), and now I am compressing and summarizing it here, with a rather strong compression ratio, and am doing so openly for the benefit of the occasional reader searching for this or that article or blog post.”
If became a common subgenre, there could be something of a golden age, with a differential of posts of increasing compression ratio, that readers can select from. Of course, to some extent, many blog posts are like that, but to me it does not seem a recognizable genre of mathematical blog-post. So I will, now and then, try to write such posts.
To remind me and others, in such posts:
- Hardly ever anything evaluative is written.
- The English is more or less in telegraphic style, often omitting articles.
- There is one reference-to-be-summarized, given at the top, and later referenced by “loc. cit.”. Of course, other references can be used in the course of the summary.