I found the article about science using modern tools interesting, especially the part about ‘blogophobia’, which in my experience is often a substantial issue: many potential guest posters aren’t quite ready, because of the fear of a permanent public mistake, because it is particularly hard to write about the unknown (the essence of research), and because the system for public credit doesn’t yet really handle blog posts.
So far, science has been relatively resistant to discussing research on blogs. Some things need to change to get there. Public tolerance of the occasional mistake is essential, as is a willingness to cite (and credit) blogs as freely as papers.
I’ve often run into another reason for holding back myself: I don’t want to overtalk my own research. Nevertheless, I’m slowly changing to the opinion that I’m holding back too much: the real power of a blog in research is that it can be used to confer with many people, and that just makes research work better.