The rise of news blogging sometimes creates a sense that the revenge of the nerds is on us. Blogs tend to highlight “nerdish” qualities – a tunnel-vision focus on particular subjects, and an obsessive attention to detail. Those characteristics seem like a neat fit with the subject of energy, which is full of complex arguments and counter-intuitive truths. It is also followed by industry readers and enthusiasts alike, many of whom are passionate about their chosen subjects and willing to send spreadsheets into battle to defend their views.
One of the best things about editing Energy Source, the FT’s energy and environment blog, since it was launched last February has been hearing back from its intelligent and engaged readership and the sense of community this creates.