Bora at A Blog Around the Clock initiated a great discussion on young science bloggers and why they do not always stick with their blogs. Bora was kind enough to talk about my senior capstone course at Ashland University in which my students start team science blogs to hone their science communication skills. Only one of my former students has kept with their blog once the class was over. So why is that?
One former student has commented that they felt uncomfortable blogging on controversial subjects and having their public writing come back to hurt them. And a science journalist friend of mine noted that “the kids stop blogging because, you know, blogging is what old people do”. It’s true that some of my former students share science thoughts on Facebook, but another avoids talking science on FB for fear of being ostracized as a science geek by her non-science friends.
The most common comment I read was that without a critical mass of people reading your stuff, there just wasn’t the motivation/guilt to get a blogger over the inertia of writing that next post. I definitely felt this when I started this blog, and I remember the excitement of actually getting some comments. Maybe we “minor” science bloggers, either young or old(er) just need to band together. We can be our own community, encouraging each other to write, guaranteeing that there are at least some people waiting for that next post.
So I would encourage you to check out the two blogs below from my former students (and this one too!):
- Amy writes about disease and public health at Plague-erism
- Savannah and Neeley are true science geeks starting their careers in science, and blogging at Science Haggis
And while you are at it, check out some great student (or recently student) blogs and let them know you are reading:
- Homologous Legs
- Life of Pi
- BaslerCast – a high school science blog from Wisconsin
- Extreme Biology – the high school science blog for Stacy Baker and her students