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I was recently engaged in a blog battle with Anthony Watts over his insufficiently skeptical (in my opinion) treatment of a discredited report of a meteorite of Martian origin bearing the remains of microscopic organisms. As this argument progressed, some dude on Twitter noted that the credibility of a blog post was determined by the…

Blogger: Be more twitter friendly

Dear Blogger, You should have a “tweet this” button on each blog post. It should open a window with the title of your post and a shortened URL to it. Extra stuff on there is OK but not necessary. Here is what the button with the bird on it (indicating twitter) should NOT do: 1)…

How to blog: Text Workflow on an iMac

If you are thinking about starting a blog, you should first watch this episode of the PBS TV Kids Show, “Arthur” in which Muffy decides to start a blog, and all hell breaks loose. If you spend any time at all on the blogsophere, you will find this episode both familiar and frightening. The point…

Who reads this blog, anyway?

Who are you? When National Geographic branded Science Blogs, they also deleted our big giant collective Google Analytics Account and gave us each individual Google Analytics accounts. The bad news is that I then lost the ability to analyze use of my blog over the last few years, which was only of marginal value anyway,…

Testing Thunderf00t’s Hypothesis

Over on Freethoughtblogs, Thunderf00t makes the following assertion about the subject matter addressed by that blog network: The disproportionate amount of attention [is given] to sexism compared to other issues. He does not assert this as a hypothesis, but rather, as a fact. But, Imma turn it back into a hypothesis and assail it with…

Who are you?

With the changeover to National Geographic Branding, we’ve reconfigured the Google Analytics account. In the old days (last month) all of Scienceblogs shared a single account, which made it interesting (we could spy on each other’s blogs) and annoying, because if you are only a subdomain on one account there are a lot of things…

The problem: You are reading your favorite blog and there is an ad along the top banner or on a sidebar that seems to conflict with the contents of the blog you are reading, perhaps even disturbingly so. Why does this happen and what can be done about it?

Hits vs Comments

Blogging controversy can generate a lot of comments, but it is often said that this also generates a lot of “hits” (properly, page views; hits are different, page views are the proper measure) and sometime we bloggers are accused by people (often commenters) who don’t blog themselves and don’t have access to the secret data…

The distance between the top of the page and the title of any given blog post … i.e., the header, banner ads, bread crumbs, etc. etc. … should be as small as possible given the constraints of the blog. The title text in the header and the title text of a given blog post should…

When we read about human evolution, we eventually get to the part about humans becoming “modern” (i.e., reaching the Platonic ideal, the End of the Linean Line, The upper middle part Catechism’s Great Chain of Being, the Archetype of the Repressed Middle Class, and all that other good stuff). That is the moment when we…