During my absence it seems that Larry Moran, one of my favorite science bloggers, has declined an invitation to join ScienceBlogs. Outrageous!
Though I find it regrettable, I fear he now has to be crushed. I mean, if one blogger is allowed to turn down such an invitation and get away with it, pretty soon other bloggers will find it acceptable as well. And then where would we be?
But it gets worse. Here he is defending his decision:
When I first started Sandwalk, I was anxious to be part of that group but now, seven months later, there doesn’t seem to be a good reason to give up this site for one in the SEED consortium. There are very few advantages to joining ScienceBlogs. They do not come close to outweighing the one major disadvantage–you have to give up a great deal of independence in order to become part of the SEED site.
Few advantages? I now have people who actually know about such things doing my tech support. I get to be part of a community of science bloggers that gains strength and attention from its numbers. My posts get linked on the SB home page, which helps attract readers. And I get paid! Not a lot, certainly, but a whole lot more than the nothing I was making prior to the move.
And I am not aware of any independence that I have given up by joining SB. So there!
You made the wrong decision Larry. Sign up and join the fun. We need another atheist around here…