Today I left the local public library, two fine works of spy fiction under my arm. Let me pause to reflect on just how good one blogging experience was.
Last week I had a sudden hankering for good spy stories, after watching some episodes of the astonishing British spy series, Sandbaggers. But I didn't have a lot of luck checking Google and Amazon for the kinds of fiction I had in mind. Amazon lists didn't pan out, and Google results were too broad.
So I blogged about my desire, listing a few titles I was thinking of, trying to narrow down what I had in mind. A bunch of people posted suggestions in the comments. More people contacted me directly, via IM, and in several conversations within the fine Brainstorms community.
Next, I assembled a list, then blogged it. When that appeared, still more people offered suggestions, and commented on each other's. So I revised the list, revised it again, and am delighted with the results. It looks like a lot of fun reading. And it will probably grow as i read, and as more suggestions flow in.
What a win for online collaboration. Open expression of interest, hyperlinks, comments, responses, and aggregation. Between this blog and Brainstorms, I now have a rich syllabus (Kim is a treat so far, btw). The results are out on the Web, for anyone with an interest in this subject. And this process is visible (on the blog side), and now commented upon.
Many thanks to all!