July 17th, 2010
I have an ugly confession to make. Like Shane at Gallomanor‘s blog, I left last Thursday’s UK Science Blogging Talkfest slightly disappointed. I feel bad admitting to this because the people were lovely, I am grateful to the organisers and there were spangly cakes.
Having blogged for a week now, I rocked up at the Talkfest full of practical questions about blogging. How do I share interesting science with my readers more effectively? What’s a good WordPress theme for science blogging? How do I respond if climate skeptics converge en masse on my site?
Cake beforehand and the pub afterwards (sadly, I had to leave early) allowed some opportunity to chat. The business part of the event, however, was a Q&A session with six ‘celebrity’ bloggers. The questions focused on the wider social impact of blogging, something I couldn’t care less about in my role as a blogger.
I’m starting an OU part-time MSc in Science and Society in January and, from an academic science communication perspective, it was an interesting event. But, speaking as a science blogger, I felt getting some of the most widely-read science bloggers in the world to talk about social impacts wasted their talents. I wanted to hear about blogging.
Ed Yong from Not Exactly Rocket Science – for example – seems a lovely bloke with loads to say about how to build readership, how to entertain readers with science and keep them coming back. Duck penises help, but I’m definite he has much more to say. If I’d known the session was going to be so academic and theoretical, I would have dropped in a few questions. But hindsight ain’t worth a damn.
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