Getting started in science blogging

Written by: Captain Skellett // March 28th, 2011 // Science Communication

Today at the conference I ran a “birds of a feather” networking session on starting a science blog.

If you’ve ever thought about blogging, my recommendation is DO IT! And do it for YOU, not for an agenda. It’s a big time commitment, and usually unpaid (at least at first.) If you’re not doing something you love, you’ll stop doing it.

I love me Schooner. It’s changed since I first started blogging, but now I don’t worry about pleasing people and getting readers (though I do love me dear readers.)

I figure, if I’m interested, excited, and think something is worth sharing, chances are people out there like me will like it too. I write for me, and in doing so, write for you. If that makes sense.

Once you’ve found a passion and something you can maintain excitement about for a while, start a free account with WordPress or Blogger.

Here are my tips on Science blogging tips (pdf.)

Oh, and if you’re writing about peer reviewed stuff, I recommend Research Blogging a news aggregator for cited published work. If you’re writing for a business, try to make it personal and casual. Save the stuffy for a news page, move the fun to blogs.

I’d love to connect with other Australian science bloggers. If you’re just starting out, e-mail me a link to your new blog at or tweet me @CaptainSkellett. Leave a comment below if you have a science blog and live in Australia.

Captain Skellett

I be Captain Skellett. Me blog started in April 2009 when I was working full time and didn’t get a chance to talk science. Now I have changed jobs and talk science all the time, but that doesn’t stop me blogging. More About Captain Skellett   Google


3 Responses to “Getting started in science blogging”

  1. Hi Sarah,
    You prob already have the Bridge8 blog on your radar, but just in case you don’t, we’re at Kristin and I post here, with occasional guest appearances from other colleagues.

    You’re so right in your advice above to DO IT. I made a decision to up my rate of writing this year, and I’m absolutely loving it.

    See you soon,
    Sarah (@sciencesarah)

  2. Elise says:

    I see that you are giving away all your secrets

  3. James says:

    Similarly you already know me but if I can be assistance to you any new bloggers just let me know. Happy to guest post good writing 🙂

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