Category Archives: website-related items

A short history of this site for Cell

A while back, the molecular biology journal Cell asked several scientists who run their own websites to contribute a short precis about why they do it.  Besides me, there were Derek Lowe (In the Pipeline, a site about drugs and the pharma industry published by Science Translational Medicine), Kate Felhaber from UCLA (Knowing Neurons, a neuroscience education […]

How not to write a comment on this site

Re this morning’s discussion of grammar and words that irk the readers, the number of comments surprised me. Note, though, that my post was mainly about usages that disturb me and my readers, not whether they are taken by grammarians as correct. Ergo lots of people corrected me about the use of the word “hopefully” to mean […]

PSA: Stalking #CoyneFest

by Grania If you are interested in following what’s going on at CoyneFest, several of the participants are livetweeting (as opposed to the other type of tweeting presumably – I cringe every time I hear the word) the events and you can follow it on Twitter at hashtag CoyneFest.

Readers’ Ask Me Anything

Okay, I’m dead tired and can’t brain, as I’ve had a bit of insomnia since coming back from Poland, so don’t expect gravitas and substance today. What I can do, which someone suggested earlier, is have the equivalent of a reddit “AMA”, or “ask me anything”. So, instead of writing a post or two this […]

Website matters

  Just a few notes to keep this site tidy: Let me remind new readers here (or regulars who haven’t seen these guidelines) to read “Da Roolz” (the website posting rules) before you wade in and begin posting. You can find them on the sidebar, or at this link.  There are entirely too many people coming here […]

We made it!

I didn’t really expect people to subscribe when I called yesterday for a Big Push to get subscribers over the magic 40K mark, but people responded, with over 150 subscribing. We now stand above the threshold: Sadly, I couldn’t ascertain who was the 40,000th subscriber, but thanks to all you “amazing” people for following this […]

Come on, subscribe!

With only 114 more subscribers, I can hit 40,000. Since I get no $$ from writing here, I must make do with subscriber stats—and 40K is a lovely number—though I promise to resist the urge to write things that attract views. (Clickbait is parody and doesn’t count.) As for the 39,886 people all being “amazing” (a […]

Maybe I should stop posting about science

I’ve long kvetched about the lack of comments on my science posts. I kvetch because a). many readers tell me they want more science, or read this site for its science, and b). the science posts are the hardest ones to write, as they involve reading a paper several times and then distilling the essence for nonscientists. […]

Note to readers

I ask again that readers send me at most one email per person per day. Lately I’ve not been able to keep up with emails, and it’s harder when individuals send me three or four emails each day. These are well-meant, and usually contain links or things that I might be interested in, but I’d appreciate it […]

Website stats: end-of-the-year summary

Every year WordPress sends me a late-December email giving some yearly summary stats for the site. First, the number of views. As is so often the case, the most popular posts were largely reposts, in this case the sad tale of Heather McManamy, the dying mother who, an unbeliever, asked people not to tell her young daughter that she […]