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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The rise of Chemical blogspace

The Chem Blog wrote about WTF is up with the Science blogosphere?, discussing a podcast on the chemical blogosphere, and wondering why it is larger than that of other natural science fields and mathematics. It is surprising indeed, because chemists generally are very conservative when it comes to anything to do with a monitor, mouse and keyboard. The argument put forward in the podcast is that there are a few strong voices amongst our blogs.

I am hoping the Chemical blogspace helps a bit too here. With about 40 unique users a day it is somewhat lower than it has been before the move to the new server, which was around 60 visitors each day, but I am sure this will recover.

The number of chemistry related blogs is rather large indeed, and the Cb counter is at over 136 now. Not every blog is equally active, but both the absolute number of entries and the number of active blogs per week are continuously increasing:


Interestingly, the blog had a very nice plot of the blogosphere interconnectivity. It is good practice to link to many other blogs and resources in ones entries, to keep discussions going, provide further information etc. Like Peter I was hoping that the plot would refer the Chemical blogspace, but it does not. This interconnectivity information is available from the Cb database, and I will try to create such a plot.

11 comments:

Webworm said...

As a Chemical & Process engineer...it is great to hear about this...Lets keep up.

Mitch said...

Most of those hits were probably just me. :p

Mitch

Egon Willighagen said...

Mitch, these are not the user visits, but the number of blog posts, and the number of active blogs per time period. You visiting the site every 5 minutes is noticed, but has no effect on the plot :)

Mitch said...

It seems more like the fall of the chemical blogosphere chart now.

Mitch

Egon Willighagen said...

Considering it is summer time, where all internet activity goes down, it is not that bad at all. Looking forward to the new records to be made in September :)

Kyle Finchsigmate said...

Where is that awesome chart of the chemical blogosphere? I want to champion it on my blog as awesome shittery.

Egon Willighagen said...

Kyle, you can find it at:

http://cb.openmolecules.net/stats.php

Kyle Finchsigmate said...

Oh, not that chart. I mean the web-tree-looking thing that shows the hubs and individual links.

Kyle Finchsigmate said...

Ala this guy:
http://www.thechemblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/vismap.jpg

Egon Willighagen said...

Hi Kyle, that picture is great indeed. The data for it are in the database, but I have not had time to create something like it yet.

Anonymous said...

It is rather interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.