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Blogging for Science Outreach, Blogging for Myself

Posted 17 December 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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A few weeks ago, I blogged about a new paper that came out in Public Understanding of Science on science bloggers’ practices, motivations and target audiences. In the paper, Mathieu Ranger and Karen Bultitude interviewed seven authors of popular science blogs. Among their findings, most of the bloggers they interviewed cited personal motivations to blog about science: “The most commonly reported motivation was intrinsic in nature, relating to personal interests and enjoyment. Blogging was related to a love of science and a love of writing. […] No mention was... Read more

Thoughts about Scientific American Blog Changes

Posted 16 December 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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Today, I've been mulling over some of the changes going on within Scientific American's blog network (for a summary of these changes, see Matt Shipman's post here at SciLogs.com). I have many thoughts on the network's new guidelines for bloggers, which I'll probably flesh out in a later post. The public publishing of science blogging guidelines (which until now have been largely unspoken for most blog networks) is relevant to my dissertation research on science blogging practices and content decisions. Without talking to the editors at... Read more

A History of Birds, Crocodilians… and Dinosaurs

Posted 11 December 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

Photo credit: Eddy Perez, LSU University Relations

It appears that today, thanks to the power of whole genome analysis and as published in Science magazine, we gain a knowledge about the ancient history of birds as never before. “An international team of scientists has completed the largest whole genome study of a single class of animals to date. To map the tree of life for birds, the team sequenced, assembled and compared full genomes of 48 bird species representing all major branches of modern birds including ostrich,... Read more

How has Science Blogging Changed Over the Years?

Posted 6 December 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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How has science blogging changed over the years? I asked one science blogger this question recently in one of #MySciBlog research interviews. I think the response is very perceptive. All Sorts of Weird Stuff  "the big thing that’s changed is sort of the, at least from my perspective the big thing that’s changed is kind the nature of the field. When I started blogging in 2001/2002 uh, there was this weird, like absolutely anybody would – there were blogs about... Read more

MySciBlog Survey of Science Bloggers – Take and Share!

Posted 1 December 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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Calling all science bloggers! As of Thanksgiving week, I've launched #MySciBlog survey of science bloggers - a survey of science blogging practices I am conducting for my PhD research. For taking the survey, funded through Experiment.com, science bloggers will receive complimentary photography art as well as a $7.00* thank you gift card (*for the first 200 survey respondents). To take the survey, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/MySciBlog Please also share this survey link with other science bloggers you know! I designed the survey to hopefully... Read more

Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging

Posted 18 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, specialized education and... Read more

Blogworthiness: “It’s a Left Brain, Right Brain Thing”

Posted 16 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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As some of my readers will know, I've been interviewing science bloggers this year for my PhD dissertation on how science bloggers decide what to write about. As I'm transcribing (typing word-for-word) the interview recordings, I've been sharing short excerpts on Twitter using the hashtag #MySciBlog. Some interview gems, though, deserve to be shared in a longer format. That's how I felt about the following quote, from a scientist blogger, about how he/she decides what is blogworthy:   "It's a... Read more

365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project Part II

Posted 11 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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In this post, I interview Sarah Keenihan, a freelance science writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. I interview Sarah as a follow-up to my interview with Signe Cane, another blogger who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’ after being inspired by Sarah's blog 'Science For Life. 365.' Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I decided to ask Sarah about her 365 blogging project and her motivations to do... Read more

365 Days a Year – A Science Blogging Project

Posted 10 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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 In this post, I interview Signe Cane, a Sydney-based freelance science writer and journalist who recently started ‘A Common Year – a Daily blog of 365 science stories’. Since I’ve been interested, through my Ph.D. research, in understanding how and why science bloggers do what they do, I decided to ask Signe about her blogging project and her motivations to do it. Me: You've taken on a project that involves blogging about science every day for a year. Can you... Read more

The Practices of the ‘Most Popular’ Science Bloggers

Posted 2 November 2014 by Paige Brown Jarreau

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Just this week, a new paper came out in Public Understanding of Science on science bloggers’ practices, motivations and target audiences. I figured I would discuss the methods and findings, as they are relevant to my Experiment.com project on the science of science blogging. Check it out! Mathieu Ranger and Karen Bultitude, both located in the UK, start off this new paper with a discussion of the general popularity of science blogs, looking at them within the context of popular blogs tracked... Read more