“Why Do You Blog Meme”

Cortunix tagged me with a meme. To digress I am not a fan of the word meme or blog. Both make me sound like an internet geek which I am but don’t want to necessarily convey to others. Why do I blog?

  1. Communication is essential to science.  Most scientists interpret this as communication with other scientists, thus meetings, workshops, and the currency of science…publications.  I interpret this to mean, and on equal footing with the later, communication of science to the public.  As each day advances, the deep sea becomes less remote. Our knowledge moves ahead so quickly and I think its vital to convey that has it happens. My first post here ended with the statement “So as our knowledge and questions mature, you can view it here. This is a blog, a journal, a dialogue on the deep sea.”
  2. Ultimately this dialogue forces me to stay up to date on everything deep-sea related.  The outcome of this has been two fold.  It strengthens my research program and provides fodder for new avenues of research.
  3. The appears to be a lot of misinformation about both science and the deep sea.  I hope we provide readers a reliable source of information.
  4. To quote my wife…If they know the deep sea, they will love it.  If they love deep sea, they will conserve it.
  5. Reader’s interest and comments here also provide a reality check when I lose passion or I ask myself “Who cares?”
  6. There is also a ‘twinge’, as with Cortunix, of big ego and lots of feeling of self-importance.

Now maybe Peter and Kevin will answer the question as well.

Dr. M (1621 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





7 comments on ““Why Do You Blog Meme”
  1. For me, it is to convey the vast diversity of life in the deep sea to the public. I really enjoy what I do and feel privileged to see the sights I have seen in my tenure as a marine biologist. A lot of the information we, as scientists, have is not known to the general public, (of which fund our research through their taxes). Nor will it ever be! So much of science is locked away in journals that most of the public either cannot access or don’t understand the basic vocabulary that scientists use.

    I hate the word blog, its an ugly word. I feel what DSN does is report the latest happenings in the science of the deep, whether it is reporting on the latest research developments, highlighting the fantastic and unusual fauna, debunking myths or unfounded claims or relaying information about current events (such as research expeditions).

    Also, people that know me know I can’t shut up and fervently engage in the ancient art of speculation.

  2. I blog because it’s therapeutic – my hands cramp up if I don’t write more than 7 pages a day.

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