I am writing a piece for the print media about scientists and science blogs, and I am running across some interesting numbers that I thought I’d share with you (with many thanks to my friend and colleague, Bob O’Hara, for his advice and help);
(I’ll guess this rate of new blogs appearing has increased since then).
Here’s an interesting counter; according to a running total, based on Technorati data, as of today at 1209 pm ET, there are 213,143,930 blogs out there. This counter adds a new blog every two seconds to the count, for a total of 175,000 new blogs every day.
But how many of those are SCIENCE blogs, written by scientists? To answer this question, I am defining “scientists” as those who have a PhD in science and who write about science on a blog. Any ideas how I can answer this question? I did a Technorati search, using “Scientist PhD” and turned up only 2,028 blogs, at least some of which have embedded a video entitled “Scientist PhD” on it (therefore, they all probably do not fulfill my criteria). Technorati’s blog topics page only yields roughly 70 science blogs — but I know there’s more than that out there!