You may have noticed that some bloggers are participating in “Just Science Week” – the aim being to blog once a day, on science topics only, for a week. The posts are aggregated here. This led me to a new blog – Fungal Genomes and Comparative Genomics, managed in part by Jason Stajich of BioPerl fame.
Frankly, I find this exercise rather suspect and apologetic. It’s as if some of the participants are feeling guilty that their so-called science blogs contain too little science and too much ranting about creationism/republicans or holiday snaps. In the case of the ScienceBlogs crowd this is largely true, which is why I began 2007 by deleting most of their feeds. I feel much healthier for it. For the rest of us – why worry? I’m quite happy to read (and maintain) a “mostly science” or “science and other stuff” blog, provided that the content keeps me amused.
If you label yourself a science blogger, the readership expects to read science posts. Perhaps you should maintain a separate blog for the other stuff. Otherwise – don’t label yourself! Simple.