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Stick with me, Launch Pad (I'm the fella you came in with)

Stick with me, Launch Pad (I'm the fella you came in with)

By Astiles  on May 13, 2009

Hey there, Launch Pad readers. I think it's time you and I had a chat.

Yes, yes, it's true. You are right. It's been way too long since I last posted here.

And yes, you may have seen me out with that other blog, the Huffington Post, once or twice in the last week or so. I can't deny it.

But it's not what you are thinking. You know you will always be my number 1, my favorite blog, the place I came to hang my virtual hat. I'm not going anywhere. Honest.

There is a method to my madness. In fact, let's go ahead and put it all out there on the table.

Goal: Help advance the space cause by increasing the industry's level of visibility among the general population.

Methods: Help place good space related articles in high visibility places wherever and whenever I can. Author articles of my own when the need or opportunity arises. Promote well written and topical articles I find by (Re)Tweeting, Digging, or otherwise linking to them. Help develop a stellar pool of content here and in other places so that members of the general public, once intrigued, can find out more and get totally hooked.

The space industry has been blessed with a number of phenomenally talented journalists for nearly every category of media. But sadly, the superstar space journalists who have crossed over into the mainstream media are seeing their roles diminish, rather than grow. Right now, we are living in a world where CNN finds it in is in the station's best interest to let a fantastic journalist like Miles O'Brien go, along with essentially all of the resident scientific and technical staff. That is not a world I'm terribly comfortable living in--nor is a world well suited to accomplishing the things that I both want and expect humanity to accomplish. Especially in a poor economic climate, the lack of attention from the general public does not do aerospace innovators and especially entrepreneurs any favors.

If you are reading this, chances are that you agree with the goal I've stated above. If so, there are plenty of ways that you can help. Authoring your own pieces and submitting them to a wide variety of sources is one way. But if you don't have the time or the inclination to do that, you can still lend your support to the cause by showing the editors and owners of all of these various media sources that you care about the quality and the quantity of their space / science / technological journalism. Vote with your mouse and your keyboard, and vote often. If you see an article you like, be liberal with your Diggs, Slashdots, and Tweets. Engage the authors and your fellow readers with comments. Send in requests for topics you'd like to see covered, or points you like to see expanded. Honestly, every bit helps.

Obviously, I'd love to see the readership of this blog or of my pieces elsewhere increase. But at a fundamental level, I want to stress that it doesn't really matter which pieces you like--just so long as you are vocal about the things that you do like.

So yes, you'll keep seeing me around town with other blogs--and here, too. But hopefully you'll know why--and maybe even through some helpful suggestions my way.

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