Today is the third blogiversary of Effect Measure. We started it on blogger as a whim in 2004 while Mrs. R. was making a Thanksgiving dinner. Since then there have been posts under the Effect Measure name by the Reveres every day, 365 days a year for three years, some 2300 in all. Since our move to Scienceblogs in early June of 2006 we have averaged a bit over 1100 unique visits a day. In the process we have accumulated an interesting, engaged and idiosyncratic community of commenters: contributors, arguers, polemicists, the outraged, sometimes the appreciative, the hyperverbose, the laconic. 15,300 comments in all. This is a left leaning blog for sure, but we are glad it isn’t a political echo chamber, as even a cursory perusal of the comment threads will demonstrate. Everyone is welcome here as long as they stay within our fairly loose definition of civility. Muscular argument is encouraged. Name calling or vile sentiments are not. We get to decide the boundaries. A blog isn’t a democracy.
The year has has seen some notable blog events. We finished strong with what we believe to be the only insider account of the critical flu virus sharing summit just concluded in Geneva (see here and links therein). It wasn’t live blogging but it came close, with daily dispatches from a participant. The major news outlets covered the opening but were either frozen out thereafter or decided not to follow it in detail. Effect Measure was (and is) the only place you could get the information on what was happening behind closed doors.
As the year started we were still engaged in the tragic case of the Tripoli 6. Effect Measure was the gateway to the vigorous blogosphere response, a response I am proud to say was taken up by many Sciencebloggers. The initial push spread quickly to the political left and right of the blogosphere and the reaction played a part in the eventual liberation of those unhappy health colleagues unjustly imprisoned and facing death sentences in Libya.
Between those events was a long year of following developments on the pandemic flu front, including several series to explain emerging or particularly relevant aspects of flu science. One was a gargantuan paragraph by paragraph, section by section, equation by equation and figure by figure explication of a mathematical modeling paper on the dynamics of antiviral resistance spread, running 17 long posts. Lots more flu science here. Plus a ton of other stuff.
Daily blogging is hard work and no wages. There is no guarantee Effect Measure will survive to see a fourth year. Meanwhile, though, we’re still around. See you tomorrow.