You are probably getting tired of moving your bookmarks around by now, but we promise to stay put for a while! Much like the sailors past and present, we are always on the move from port to port. DeepSeaNews.com is now our flagship though, our home base of operations. Craig, Peter and I are very excited to start this new chapter in our ongoing project. The new site will continue to allow us to bring you unfiltered news about the ocean and ongoing deep sea research. It will continue to be a repository of our research adventures and a conversation about the largest and awesomest environment on this planet (and possibly others).
For the geeky of you, we are using WordPress software. I love the layout, flexibility and ease of use and modification. The features that go in the software will hopefully make navigation and reading easier everyone. The website has been an idea in the back of our heads for over a year now. In fact, my 1 year blogiversary (not counting 5 months of guest posts in early 2007) with Deep Sea News is quickly approaching! I finally acquired a few web chops and put together this site with Craig over the span of a month. Eric, my Other 95% coblogger, is helping tie up the loose ends. You’ll notice this is still a work in progress, but it all details, nothing that prevents us from blogging away. Since our philosophy around here is that blogging is an interactive experience, we want to encourage feedback on site design and mechanics in addition to our posts. We have lots of big plans for this site and look forward to unravelling those! Hopefully this explains why we have been silent and, at least for my part, not real strong on content lately. We are kicking it back and promise to be the same ole “garage blog” you grew to love (or hate).
On another note, this weekend I will be in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina for Science Online ’09! I will be comoderating a session on Nature Blogging with GrrlScientist as well as participating in the panel discussion Blogging Adventure: How to Post From Strange Locations with my blogging colleagues Karen James, Talia Page, Anne-Marie Hodge, Meredith Barrett, Vanessa Woods and Rick McPhearson. I am very excited to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. If you are going to be at the conference make sure you say hi. Make sure to join me for a drink Friday night at the Radisson hotel bar where the marine biologists will be putting on an intereactive sea shanty session led by Karen James, Miriam Goldstein, the Southern Fried Scientist and myself. You don’t have to be a conference participant, nor a marine biologist, to swig ale and belt out shanties!
I will be liveblogging the conference this weekend so keep an eye out here!