Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Science Blogosphere Scatters

It's been a rough few days over at ScienceBlogs. The short of it appears to be the PepsiCo purchased a blog to discuss food and nutrition and some of the bloggers on the site raised issues about transparency. I'm not going add my comments to the fray since so much as already been written:
There are many more posts and articles on the topic; I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding more info via Google if you're interested. 

As a result of this mess, several of the science bloggers on the site have decided to relocate. I understand, respect, and support their decisions and the purpose of this post is to help readers track them as they settle into new homes. Dr. Sky Skull and Carl Zimmer have lists on their sites to this effect, and I wanted to do my part in spreading the word. I admire many of the writers below and hope their transitions are relatively smooth:

[Individuals crossed off this list have confirmed their new home, which can be found at the bottom of this post.]
In addition, many other of the "sciblings" are on hiatus until they decide whether to stay with ScienceBlogs or not. Of this group, Sharon Astyk (Casaubon's Book) has taken up her old site again (The Chatelaine's Keys) while she decides on her future.

Here's hoping these folks can get back to writing quickly.

Update 7/8/10: It seems that ScienceBlogs has expelled the Pepsi blog. It remains to be seen how things will unfold. I'll try to keep you updated.

Update 7/16/10: The dust is settling some. Here are some updated links:
  • Culture Dish can be found on Rebecca Skloot's personal and business site.
  • Laelaps has moved back to Brian Switek's personal site. Though Brian may move it eventually, he has promised to post there when he does.
  • GrrlScientist has elected to keep Living the Scientific Life on Sb for now, but is considering other homes for her blog.
  • Chris Rowan and Anne Jefferson have moved Highly Allochtonus to their own domain.
  • Alex Wild  and Myrmecos have gone back to Wordpress.
  • Scicurious  of Neurotopia is moving back to her Wordpress site, Are You Scicurious?
  • David Dobbs (Neuron Culture) moved back to his original home.
  • Eric Johnson has taken The Primate Diaries on tour. You can follow #PDEx on twitter to learn more.
  • David Bacon (The Quantum Pontiff) went back to his original site, but his move is only partly Pepsi-related.
  • Blake Stacey (Science After Sunclipse) is moving back to his original site.

Update July 23rd, 2010: The Sb dispersal involved so many Sciblings that I thought the best thing to do was to just add updated links to a blogroll on the right under the heading "Sb Diaspora." Please support these writers as they begin new ventures. And if there is someone I need to add, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks.

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