About a year ago Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science asked his readers a simple question:
1) Tell me about you. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? If so, what draws you here as opposed to meatier, more academic fare? And if not, what brought you here and why have you stayed? Let loose with those comments.
2) Tell someone else about this blog and in particular, try and choose someone who's not a scientist but who you think might be interested in the type of stuff found in this blog. Ever had family members or groups of friends who've been giving you strange, pitying looks when you try to wax scientific on them? Send 'em here and let's see what they say.
I found the comments in response to this fascinating and used the excuse to meme it here. Things kinda took off after that.
Well, fresh off his big win, Ed has relaunched the meme:
Identify yourself in the comments. Even if you've never commented before, speak up. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? Are you interesting lay-person, practicing scientist, journalist, sentient virus, or something else? Are you a close friend, colleague, acquaintance or stranger?
As the man says, enlighten me :-).
(and if you have a science-y or academic-y blog, consider yourself tagged!)
UPDATE: Similar threads from Comrade PhysioProf, Isis the Scientist, Janet
the (ok, ok,....but it should be her name) Stemwedel, the Blogfather, Scicurious, Prof-like Substance, ScientistMother, Ambivalent Academic, Zuska, ...
Oh, and for you new readers, I might as well dust off this old poll...