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I.J.S. | Healthcare | Data | “Blogs continue to be an effective platform for communicating your science to major stakeholders — and the public.”

Why science blogging still matters

Science blogs have been around since the early 2000s, and in recent years the ‘microblogging’ platform Twitter and other social-media channels, which require less time to maintain than does a full blog, threatened to make them obsolete. But some scientists are keeping the practice alive, and it continues to play a major part in sparking collaborations, conveying crucial information and strengthening scientific communities. “Blogging isn’t for everyone, but it’s important that people realize it is part of the many ways scientists talk to each other,” says Stephen Heard, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of New Brunswick in Canada and author of the blog Scientist Sees Squirrel (tagline: ‘Seldom original. Often wrong. Occasionally interesting.’)



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