London Science Blogging Questions 3


Horse Guards Parade building in London, April 2006.
Image: Gryffindor (Wikipedia).

I am a panelist at a one day conference being held in London, England. This conference focuses on the value of blogs to the public, to science and to scientists, and is being held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain on 30 August 2008. My fellow panelists are Jennifer Rohn, editor at LabLit.com and Anna Kushnir, who works for Nature Network Boston and writes the blog, Lab Life. The panel moderator is my friend and ScienceBlogs colleague who lives in London, Mo.
I need your help as I work on my contribution to this meeting, so I am asking you a series of questions I’d like you to respond to. The next questions in this series are; Are you a scientist who blogs about your occupation and/or actual work/experiments? Do your colleagues know this? If so, do your colleagues read your blog? If you are “anonymous”, has anyone figured out your identity based on what you write about on your blog?

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About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to London Science Blogging Questions 3

  1. Bob O'H says:

    Ooh, I can respond! (the previous questions seemed to be aimed at the general public. If I were to claim to be a member, i think I’d get voted off the island)

    Are you a scientist who blogs about your occupation and/or actual work/experiments?

    Yes. Err, see the afternoon session!

    Do your colleagues know this?

    Some do, and I have advertised blog posts to my peers, when it’s something I think they will find interesting.
    I haven’t had any negative reaction: some people are either amused or bemused by the whole thing.

    If so, do your colleagues read your blog?

    Only the unfortunate ones. Some even comment on it.

    If you are “anonymous”, has anyone figured out your identity based on what you write about on your blog?

    I’m only anonymous in email anyway, and I think people figure that one out pretty quickly.

  2. Rhea Miller says:

    Ok Ok Ok….illlll answer ;P
    1) Yes. I usually blog about conversations or events that i think occur in most grad student lives. Just so we can all be in this together.
    2)a. Yup. I have advertised my blog to those i know and work with…mostly to students tho.
    2)b. i dont think most of them read it…my readership comes more from fellow bloggers. The few that have hopped on say that they enjoy laughing at me 😛 just like they do at work
    3. Im pretty open…so this Q is N/A for me.

  3. heidi says:

    1) Sort of – I’m a field biologist at a wind farm, so my blogging rarely addresses “confidential” matters, though I tear the wind industry to pieces whenever possible.
    2) Nope, it’s more of a personal blog interspersed with rants about “alternative” energy. I suppose a few birders read, but none in the same field.
    3) Eh, it’s irrelevant, my first name is there but most of my readers (or at least those who comment) know me personally.