Many moons ago in blog years, RealJournalist&trade and Not Exactly Rocket Science blogger Ed Yong queried his readers to learn who they were and why they read him by answering some questions in the comment thread. Now that he has moved over to Discover, Ed has launched his query anew and blog brother DrugMonkey has tagged other science bloggers to do the same.
Well, I actually asked readers for similar input back in December when I celebrated my 4th anniversary of writing Terra Sigillata. We’re now drawing about 1,300 people dialing up our blog daily yet only a good post will draw commenters in the double digits. Hence, many of you are what bloggers call “lurkers.”
Of course, those who read and don’t comment are extremely valued since they represent more than 95% of our readership. But I like discussions, as do most bloggers, and I especially welcome discussion from people who are not scientists or otherwise in the biomedical and health care areas. Part of this blog’s purpose is outreach and we don’t get to do much of that if we are only preaching to one another.
It’s also been six months since I introduced a new emphasis to cover more topics on underrepresented groups in higher education, particularly about historically-Black colleges and universities. I’ve never formally asked for feedback on the effectiveness or interest in these efforts.
I’m also realizing that I haven’t written many posts as of late about natural product drugs and dietary supplements, my core topic, yet readership is growing even beyond the sustained interest in our post on JWH-018, the primary active component in synthetic marijuana products, such as K2 Spice blends and others. I also got tied up much of early 2010 with lamenting about my bout of pneumonia and personal revelations about chronic illness.
So, would you mind commenting below to let us all know a little about you and your interest in Terra Sigillata? A pseudonym is fine in the name field and, here’s a secret: you can even put in a fake e-mail address in the e-mail field below. What I’m more interested in is:
I very much appreciate all of your support and hope that your time spent here adds some value to your personal or professional interests.