Gene Expression

Changes @ ScienceBlogs

Today we debuted the Denialism Blog, while David Dobbs of Smooth Pebbles bids farewell to ScienceBlogs. David offers cogent rationales for why he decided to leave ScienceBlogs (the proximate reason is that he just isn’t posting much as far as bloggers go). One thing to note that is I don’t think a blog is really worthwhile for most people without an intelligent commentariat. I’ve learned a lot from critiques, suggestions and recommendations from comments on my blogs over the past 5 years. Of course, the key is intelligent. Most humans aren’t very smart, so they’re basically just expending the minutes in your life.

Comments

  1. #1 omar
    April 30, 2007

    Yes I enjoy the wide variety of commentators on your blogs. The best I’ve read recently was the one on string theory, which started a really frenzied debate between some physicists. Didn’t understand a word, but it was damn good fun!

  2. #2 razib
    April 30, 2007

    .The best I’ve read recently was the one on string theory, which started a really frenzied debate between some physicists.

    i had to opt out by the middle of that discussion, since i’m a retard re: string theory. but yeah, that was interesting for a civilian.

  3. #3 Tyler DiPietro
    April 30, 2007

    Yeah, I don’t know what it is (blogger’s block, maybe?) but I’m having a really hard time coming up with some intelligent commentary for my blog. Guess I should just wait until a light-bulb goes off or something.

  4. #4 razib
    April 30, 2007

    Guess I should just wait until a light-bulb goes off or something.

    bingo. whereof one cannot speak with joy, thereof one must remain contentedly silent.

  5. #5 Tyler DiPietro
    April 30, 2007

    Would frustratedly silent be an acceptable substitute?

  6. #6 Ruchira Paul
    April 30, 2007

    Have any of the Science Bloggers considered “group blogging,” perhaps based on commonality of interest and expertise? (Opinions don’t necessarily have to match.) Or is that not permitted? I have noticed that even on most group blogs, one (or two) authors write more prolifically than others. But it still helps when you don’t have to bear the entire burden of refreshing the blog all by your lonesome self.

  7. #7 razib
    May 1, 2007

    there are a few group blogs. chimpanzee refuge, pure pedantry, and a few others. i don’t know how they work the remuneration, etc. group blogging is easy in a way, i run with a group blog over @ classic. but it depends on what you want. something like dave dobbs or carl zimmer blog as a complement to their writing career, so i don’t think diluting their brand by getting groupy helps. fundamentally, i think a professional writer will always have issues with blogging cuz he/she will ask themselves, “why the hell am i blogging this instead of writing this for print which gets me more serious cash?” amateurs on the other hand don’t have this problem. for most SBers blogging is a sidelight, not a complement.

  8. #8 David Dobbs
    May 3, 2007

    I’ve actually considered a group blog myself, and may yet join one. That would feel more like a conversation and less like shouting out one’s thoughts on a street corner….

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