Eureka! Neuron Culture goes Sally Field

I was thrilled this morning to learn that this humble, erratic blog was named one of Top 30 Science Blogs by Eureka, the new monthly science magazine recently launched by the Times of London. I find myself among some most admirable company, including giants, longtime favorites of my own, and a few blogs new-to-me-but-presumably-really-good-anyway.

Given my history of ambivalence about blogging, my sporadic rhythm, my not-best-practice of ranging far and wide, and my generally low traffic, I find this recognition a surprise, but a happy one. I feel a bit like I've been upgraded (possible in this one context) from Sean Penn to Sally Field.

It's also gratifying in two other ways. As I make most of my living writing for print, I find it heartening as well to get this recognition from a wonder of wonders -- a print monthly that just launched, despite much noise about (and evidence for) the demise of serious print journalism. That it comes from the UK, where I'll likely be moving later this year to work on my new book for a while, makes it that much sweeter.

So thanks, Eureka, and thanks especially to regular readers -- and welcome to new ones.

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Many congrats, you deserve it! From "toleration" to "like" -- do you really feel that way? You are much too hard on yourself.

Hi-five.

Mark Henderson at the Times is a good chap and he fully gets that the supposed fall of specialist science reporting doesn't mean that the public appetite for science is decreasing. He's pushed the Times to start filling the void.

Dave - Great News... good a reason as any to keep the science flowing to pedestrians such as myself! - John

By John Puleio (not verified) on 04 Feb 2010 #permalink