Monday, February 15, 2010

Advice for new science bloggers

Wonderful comments on communicating science with different media.  And I am really enjoying the posts coming in on denialism.  Keep up the great work.

Your blogs have been part of quite an extensive discussion in the science blogosphere over this past weekend.  A very prominent science blogger named Coturnix (the online editor at the open access journal PLoS - and not his real name) posted about student science bloggers, and highlighted our class.  A pretty extensive comment thread on the post, as well as on Facebook, got people discussing why students and early career (young) scientists blog, and why many do not stick with it.  I followed up this discussion with two posts on my own personal blog (post one and two).

The result is that three Biology alums are now fired up to continue the blogs they started in this class last year (Science Haggis and Plague-erism), and a number of other young science bloggers are getting encouragement from the science blogging establishment.

On Sunday Coturnix added another post with great advice for young bloggers, along with links to your current blogs.  I'd like you to read this post for this week's class.  Pay particular attention to what he considers the most effective way to communicate science, and see how you think it relates to the discussion we had with Tom Hayden.

Keep up the good work, and I look forward to some face-to-face discussion.  In the meantime, I'd encourage you to check out some of the student blogs linked here and on the linked posts.  You can always leave a comment on those blogs if you are inspired.

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