Thursday, March 22, 2007

Nature Network Blogs

I wasn't aware until recently that the journal Nature had gone all internetty with the online Nature Network. There are a number of blogs, of course, including a number by women in the sciences. This seems like a pretty new venture (most of the blogs have fewer than ten posts), so I thought it would be nice to highlight a few of them:

  • Courtney Sill blogs about the final months of being a grad student at BU in The Home Stretch.
  • Anna Kushnir's Lab Life is about her personal experiences in the lab as a PhD student at Harvard Medical School.
  • Corie Lok is the editor of Nature Network's Boston branch, and her blog covers science from the Bostonian point of view.
  • Deanne Taylor blogs primarily about the biosciences and technology.
  • Jacqueline Floyd has two blogs: Element List covers science news and web sites and Seismogenesis (so new that there is only one post) discusses earthquakes and faulting.
  • Shelly Praveen's blog has only one post, but the topic - use of transgenic technology in agriculture - is an interesting one, so I'm going to be watching it.
There are a number of other blogs listed that have no posts as yet, and it will be interesting to see how this project goes.

4 comments:

Hsien Lei said...

Whoa. Some of those blogs are dead boring but I'm guessing not only are the blogs new, the writers are new to blogging as well. Hard to jump into science blogging now because there's more of us every day. Will be interesting to see if Nature Network becomes big simply because of its big backers.

Peggy said...

Yeah, most of the blogs are really in the embryonic state. What isn't clear to me is what kind of latitude Nature gives the bloggers to post on potentially controversial (or silly) topics. I think part of what makes the scienceblogs network blogs so successful is the variety of voices and the conversations between the members there. It also helps that they recruited bloggers with well-established blogs, so they weren't all started from scratch.

Hsien Lei said...

From what I know, many of the blogs that are part of popular magazines/media sites are edited very carefully with at least a 24-hour delay between writing and posting.

Peggy said...

I understand why the big guys do it, but heavy-handed editing can leave a blog so bland that no one wants to read it.