If you are reading this, you already know that I’ve moved to Scienceblogs.com. And I’m happy to be here. The $50,000 paycheck, the guaranteed Nobel Prize, the first class air flights to anywhere I need to go (for blogging purposes only, of course!) are all nice, but these are not the reasons that I’m glad to be here.
Not even the brand new 2008 Lexus RX400h, the 72 inch High Definition Digital TV, or the iPhone/iPod package that Seed Magazine has promised to send me for everyone in my family are really all that important to me.
What is important to me is that I get to be part of an interesting, intelligent, productive, edgy yet respectful, and challenging community of science bloggers.
I blogged on gregladen.com for almost a year. I hope this has been good training for me, since I’m blogging with the big girls and boys now. I’m a little nervous that my categories are too vague, and I’m utterly new to “tagging” so we’ll have to see how that goes. The technology for scienceblogs.com is different than I am used to, so it will be a while before you see a picture with a caption, for instance. But I hope to continue doing essentially what I had been doing: A mixture of substantive posts about stuff I (in theory) know about and newsy tidbitty items that are essentially a filter of the science news I encounter every day, passing on that which I find most interesting from the perspective of evolution, life science, and general awe of the universe.
And the rants. Let us not forget the rants.
This is an opportunity for me to thank the people who have made this fun for me, and who have helped make it work (to the extent that is has worked). My wife Amanda is the one person that I know reads my entire blog every day. More or less. I can see with 20-20 vision at a distance, and I can do very fine close up work, but I can only vaguely see the little squiggly lines telling me that something is spelt rong. And I can’t spell for shit. (Lesser minds often interpret this as a weakness, but Thomas Edison couldn’t spell either, so bugger off.) My fingers always type “thing” instead of “think.” I wonder why. Anyway, if you read many of my posts the moment they come out and then a few hours later, you will see the Mark of Amanda. Julia, my daughter, thankfully rarely if ever reads my blog. I think she senses and is repelled by the profanity and edginess (me, sarcastic?). But she is always giving me ideas. She is a brilliant writer, and some day perhaps she will have her own blog. Maybe here, on Scienceblogs.com. Who knows?
I am told, and my own analysis suggests this, that only one in a hundred readers, or even fewer, ever comment on a site like mine. But I thank the commenters and the non-commenters alike, without whom gregladen.com would have been … well … totally useless and read by no one, I suppose.
Katherine Sharp, Ginny Huges and Tim Murtaugh, and the other folks at Seed have been helpful and supportive. I believe this is the first epinominous instance on Sb. I had other ideas, and none of them were very good. It was going to be either gregladen.com, Katherine’s suggestion, or Unashinda. Unashinda would have required some lengthy explanation. Katherine won out. I’m sure she will be willing to take full responsibility if this does not work out. But she doesn’t have to … I’ll take the fall.
Coturnix (Blog Around the Clock) may not remember this, but many months ago he showed kindness to this novice blogger a number of times, and helped me get my Wellies wet in ways that were very important.
PZ Myers, my neighbor in Morris and Grandmaster Dragon of Pharyngula, has helped us all in numerous ways, breaking ground (and breaking ice?) for science blogging in general. For me, PZ has provided much encouragement and assistance, both in and out of the blogosphere. I thank him especially for his frequent, and very powerful, Pharyngulations, and for letting me use his CSS as a starting point for my own. All I really needed to do was remove the octopi and made some stuff red.
The startup of “Greg Laden’s Blog” has caused me to forgo writing about certain topics, because I wanted to start — or restart — these conversations at the new location. So look out. It also presents the age-old problem of what to do with the old blog. For now, it stays like it is with no new posts, and to serve as an archive. Later, I will decide what, if anything, to move to Scienceblogs.com, and exactly how to do that. (Copy, move, redirect, link, etc.?) Any suggestions along these lines will be much appreciated.
Please send suggestions, requests, critiques and comments. And enjoy.
 A Pharyngulation is when PZ Myers links to your blog from Pharyngula, and your hit rate goes off the charts.