Pepsigate: Yes, I’m staying

For now, at least.

My natural inclinations about this whole mess are probably closest in nature to either Chad Orzel’s or Jason Rosenhouse’s, so reading them will probably give you a pretty close idea of where I stand. Bora, not surprisingly, has collected a lot of the reaction.

I also really like what Christie Wilcox has to say:

Let me make it clear, though – I don’t blame anyone for leaving. I don’t hold it against them. While I may not have had the same visceral reaction they did, I also haven’t been here that long. I haven’t dealt with this kind of mismanagement and gotten fed up about it over and over again. I can easily see how, for many that left, this was the last straw. For me, though, this was the first time Seed did something wrong.

I also stayed because I decided it was the right thing to do. When I saw my friends jumping ship, the thought of leaving crossed my mind. That thought, however, was fleeting, and I decided instead that I needed to stay.

I originally wanted to blog on ScienceBlogs because it is a community and a media outlet that I believe in. This hasn’t changed. I still think that ScienceBlogs is an important member of the scientific and journalistic communities, and I feel that it is important. Now that the battle is over and the smoke has cleared, it’s time to mourn the losses suffered and rebuild. I’m still young, naive and optimistic enough to think that Seed can and will do better in the future, and that it’s a future I want to be a part of.

I hope that you all continue to read the Sciblings and ex-Sciblings that you know and love, wherever they end up. As for me, I’m going to be here for a little while longer, and I hope that you’ll stick around for it.

I truly believe that ScienceBlogs management has made some serious missteps in this whole fracas, ones that have seriously damaged the community of readers and bloggers. Credibility and community takes a long time to build and even longer to restore. However, I think restoring that credibility and rebuilding that community are projects worth undertaking.

But.

More recent revelations about other advertising/editorial issues also leave a bad taste in my mouth. You can read about that issue here and here.

So I’m still torn. I enjoy being part of this community and I truly believe it’s worth working to save. I appreciate the opportunity to reach a very different audience than I did at my old location, a chance to preach to the unconverted. I value being able to reach science people with the library message. I’ve been blogging long enough to have no illusions about how “famous” it has made me. But the people that I do reach here on ScienceBlogs are truly the right people for me to reach.

I would be very unhappy to give that up. And so, here I remain.

I still think this is very much a teachable moment — a theme I may come back to at a later date. Those of us that deal with students in our non-blogging lives I think could almost use this as a case study in thinking about what credibility really means in the online world — how to build it, how to lose it, how to measure it and how to teach about it.

(As an aside, my natural inclination was to just keep blogging without saying anything. To stay without a statement. I thought about it long and hard and decided since I did make my initial post I should probably follow up.)

Comments

  1. #1 "GrrlScientist"
    July 13, 2010

    but what if you could join a community that we’ve created? a community operated by us? a collective, if you will?

  2. #2 Jason Rosenhouse
    July 13, 2010

    I truly believe that ScienceBlogs management has made some serious missteps in this whole fracas, ones that have seriously damaged the community of readers and bloggers. Credibility and community takes a long time to build and even longer to restore. However, I think restoring that credibility and rebuilding that community are projects worth undertaking.

    I think that’s a perfect summary of the situation. Thanks for writing this post.

  3. #3 John Dupuis
    July 13, 2010

    Grrl, We’ll see. I’m in no rush to move at this point, being relatively satisfied with the current status/resolution. I find the exposure here useful and stimulating and re-building that isn’t something I’m keen on.

    Jason, You’re welcome.

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