I began this blog largely as an experiment in public outreach. It is my belief that many people are interested in science, and that they would like an opportunity to interact with practicing scientists in a blog format. In this regard, I have been very happy to come across the blogs of other front line researchers, such as Jonathan Eisen’s The Tree of Life, Rosie Redfield’s RRResearch, John Dennehy’s The Evilutionary Biologist, Rod Page’s iPhylo, and John Logsdon’s Sex, Genes, and Evolution (Best. Title. Ever.), along with those of quite a number of active grad students.
The question was, would anyone visit my blog, in light of established (and unabashedly political and correspondingly popular) options such as PZ Myers’s Pharyngula (like anyone still needs a link) and Larry Moran’s Sandwalk, or the excellent science reporting of Carl Zimmer’s The Loom?
Well, after just under three weeks in the blogosphere, Genomicron has received over 1,250 hits from roughly 850 unique visitors. Not bad for an upstart. At least, the null hypothesis that a blog is not useful for outreach has taken a bit of a thrashing. Thanks to those who have stopped by, and I hope to see you again soon.