Thanks to Ed for scanning in this clip for us!
The London Metro saw fit to include Craig’s post on the mystery sewer organism in print. The Metro article can also be found online as well, which actually mentions the post’s author, Craig, by name and is a little bit more expanded. But I don’t know if I should be happy or disappointed. We were never approached by the Metro and asked if it was OK to use our material. But, on the other hand, I am excited that other traditional (and nontraditional) news outlets view us as an authoritative source for material. But, we do what do for free, make no money off it (in fact we pay for we hosting and domain registration out of pocket), while this newspaper (I’m assuming) charges for subscriptions and advertising spot, such as the Ice Age film and profits off its material. So when they use our material, they are profitting from it. When WE use our own material we end up in debt… But the exposure is nice for us, right?
This begs the question. We are the top marine science blog in terms of # of hits, bold statement but true. Its not a statement of quality, I think other marine blogs are just as good, if not better! In fact, I would argue that the marine science blogging community as a whole has some of the highest quality blogging you’ll read out there. We have purposely crafted a website to be enjoyable to read by anyone. To us, this includes few distractions such as flashy advertisements. We also prided ourselves on being ad-free, especially after our history with ScienceBlogs and Discovery Channel, which are both very ad-laden. The latter, DC, even had extremely annoying popup ads when I was trying to read my cobloggers content! We would never go so far, but I would like to probe our readers on the following questions. We have always been honest with you and we blog mostly for your adoration, not necessarily for profit. But when you are an underpaid biologist with 2 kids to support you welcome any additional income possible!
1) Will static ads or ads that rotate when the webpage is refreshed, degrade the experience of reading DSN? Or are sufficiently used to it that we can easily ignore the ads?
2) Will flash-based ads or dynamic/rotating ads distract from your experience reading DSN to the point you would consider not visiting us often?
3) Would you purchase material (i.e. shirts, bumper stickers, etc.) with DSN’s logo and totally awesome images and artwork of the deep sea and its critters? Would you be more inclined to purchase material from us (not necessarily with the DSN logo – I’ve got some pretty sweet ideas!) if part of the proceeds went to a nonprofit like The Beagle Project or Coral Reef Alliance?
4) For long term readers: Did you get more out of our site while we are at Seed Scienceblogs, Discovery Channel or our new independent website. i.e. Did the experience of being associated with major news and science outlets enhance your outlook of us or enhance your reading experience.
5) Did you feel that the association with major news and science communication outlets lended more credibility to us? Or does having academic or “real scientist” credentials give us all the credentials we need for you to be satisfied we are giving you interesting material with reasonable interpretations
Please write answers in the comments! We are interested in your opinions and do not want to procede in a direction that will offend or alienate our readership.