In a truly breathtaking move, Deep Sea News, formerly of Scienceblogs.com, has left the newish blog network at Discovery.com to start their own, totally-Maverick blog called … Deep – Sea News. Deep Sea News had moved to Discovery.com only recently
This truly blogospheric shakeup was not entirely a surprise to those in the know. Some wonder if this signals an era of fluctuation and upheaval in the blogosphere. My understanding is that the scheduled events for the first day of ScienceOnline 09 may be canceled in order to allow the blogosphere to focus its attention on a possible fluctuating upheaval. That is not confirmed.
According to a statement released by Deep Sea Newser, Kevin Zelnio, “… our readers will have to update their bookmarks, and fellow bloggers their blogroll. This is going to take some time, and we know it will be a bit rocky at first, but with just a few mouse clicks this should all be pretty much automatic, what with cut and paste capabilities and all….”
The new site is using a WordPress engine and has a very newspapery look and feel, with a picture of Kevin riding a sea horse, and a squid eating an old frigate. The magazine style site has selected archived broken out and highlighted on internal links beneath the top side bar, an RSS feed, and uses tags. The theme is fixed width and rather wide, which will give some people browsing on lower resolution screens some trouble. My personal choice would be to make the central div fluid and keep graphics to a maximum of 480 px wide (centered) to completely eliminate this problem.
Kevin will be liveblogging the ScienceOnline 09 conference. See you there, Kev!