While we post lengthy discussions here on Science of Blogging, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. related to science communication that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, enjoy below the best mini-stories that we came across during the prior week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.


  • The story behind Jonathan Eisen’s new PLoSONE paper <== A terrific example of how blogs can be used to provide supplemental information on a paper, as well as performing science communication and answering questions from both the media and from the general public, in a way that press releases just cannot.  This blog post perfectly illustrates why scientists who are serious about science communication should be blogging (Phylogenomics)
  • What is the most common negative social-networking experience?  Spurned friend requests.  (Thoughts of a Neo-Academic)
  • What is your blogging style? (Skepticemia)
  • Want to blog but can’t get up the courage to put yourself out there?  Problogger has some great tips on ways to get over blogger fright (Problogger)
  • Want to recruit top talent to your organization with your online job ad?  Then make sure that your website combats industry stereotypes (Thoughts of a Neo-Academic)
  • Open Lab 2010 is now up for sale! <== Open Lab is an annual anthology of the the best science blogging on the web.  If you’re looking for ways to communicate science online more effectively, the posts in this book are a great starting point (A Blog Around The Clock)
  • What is healthy?  Learning through blogging. <== Penny Deck looks at how a class blog has helped her undergraduate students learn and improve their critical thinking skills (Feedback Solutions for Obesity)
  • Finally, kudos to everyone who has started weekend roundups of their own!  So far I have seen roundups from Nutritional Blogma, Feedback Solutions for Obesity, Voyages Around My Camera and Weight Maven, and have come across a few interesting links as a result – so they’re working!  Let me know if I’ve missed any.  If you’re considering starting a roundup of your own, check out my post from earlier this year explaining why roundup posts are an easy way to help your readers and grow your blog.

Those are the posts that caught our eye this week!  I should mention that I found many of today’s articles through Researchblogging.org, which I have outlined previously here (and which I can’t recommend highly enough).  Have a great weekend!