Science Blogs Dogged

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Mar 21, 2006
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So I'm cruising the blogosphere, and I see a lot of blogs have chicklets, those little rectangles at the bottom of their sidebars that link to other bloggy things. I have a few; they go to Technorati, or Blog Hot or Not, or Feedburner.

A lot of blogs link to award sites; "best of", "top blogs", things like that. So I go there to see how well some of my favorite blogs are rated. There are lots of categories: sex (duh), humor, politics. But only very rarely is there a science category. Most have a "technology" category instead, which just ain't the same thing (BlogTopSites, for example).

A little while back, the Weblog Awards 2005 got a lot of attention, and -- you guessed it-- no science category. I emailed the proprietor, but never received an answer. I'll note that The Bloggies didn't have a science category either.

I read quite a few blogs, including those dealing with politics, tech, humor. But my favorites are the science blogs. I have several blogrolled in my sidebar. Give them a look. If you like them, add them to your feedreader, or bookmark them. Visit them! Scientists are quite capable of excellent writing, and you just might learn something (hmmm, come to think of it, blogroll me too if you have a blog!).

And if you see some blog award site without a science category, let 'em know how you feel. Now more than ever in our history, we need to be aware of science and what scientists are thinking. Blogs are a great way to find out.