The NCSE blog launched just over three years ago, on August 19, 2013. Since then, there have been 1,210 posts, or just about exactly one per day. The posts have ranged in subject matter from ruminations on current events to explorations of the history of evolution and its detractors, and from reports on scurrilous attacks on climate scientists to high-fives for particularly good explanations of evolutionary and climate science. More recently, we’ve been blogging a lot about some of the new programs that NCSE has initiated in the past year to help teachers cover evolution and climate change with confidence.
Some of our posts have attracted tens of thousands of views and/or stimulated lively exchanges in the comments section. A few even led to writing and speaking invitations! And even the posts that weren’t as popular were still, if I say so myself, clever, insightful, and provocative. If you’re a regular reader, you know that the NCSE staff is stacked with writing talent.
But there was a cost. What you may not know is that the NCSE staff is very small. Just around a half dozen people generated all those posts. That took a lot of time, both in the writing, and in the internal peer-review system we established to make sure all of our posts were scientifically and editorially sound. Furthermore, with new content added every day, the posts about our new programs quickly got buried, making it difficult for casual visitors to our website to get an immediate idea of what NCSE is all about.
So it is with no small regret that I am letting you know that as of next Monday, September 12, 2016, we will be drastically reducing the frequency of posts on our blog, and the new content will be, for the most part, tightly focused on NCSE’s programs.
You’ll be hearing from Claire Adrian-Tucci about our teacher network, NCSEteach and our Scientist in the Classroom program. You’ll be hearing from Emily Schoerning with news from our Science Booster Clubs. Plus Josh Rosenau and Steve Newton will keep you up to date on NCSE’s Grand Canyon expedition, including how the teachers who received NCSE-donor-funded scholarships have incorporated what they learned in the Canyon into their classroom activities. Finally, Stephanie Keep will continue to provide her lucid explanations of how to talk about evolution without reinforcing misconceptions—posts that have proven useful to teachers, journalists, and scientists alike.
You can expect to see something new every week or so. Importantly for NCSE, anyone who visits our website will immediately see what we’re all about, and maybe be inspired to get involved by participating in the programs or becoming an NCSE member. Please be sure to recommend the NCSE blog to your friends and continue to interact with us through the comment section. We have greatly valued your participation and sharp insights, and we hope that you’ll continue to be loyal fans!