Scientiae Carnival

Scientiae Carnival

Scientiae's future?

Folks, with your help and support, Scientiae has been going on since March of 2007. That works out to 36 carnivals on all sorts of topics, with a host of hosts and contributors.

But the number of posts submitted to each call for posts has fallen off dramatically, it seems, and we've been having lots of problems with hosts getting carnivals posted on time (and much of this is due to my forgetting to pass the torch in good time each month).

So the question arises: is there still value to having Scientiae? Or should we shut it down as a great community-building tool whose time has come to be let go?

What say you, netizens? Please share your thoughts in the comments, or on your blogs (and leave us a link here). Pass the word that we're trying to assess what the continuing value of Scientiae is, if anything.

I hope to hear from you soon. :-)

21 Comments:

  1. biochem belle said...
    I, for one, would like to see it continue. I've been blogging for a little over 6 months and was thinking of contributing this year. I volunteer to host a carnival, if others want to keep it going.
    Amanda@Lady Scientist said...
    I'd like to see it continue. Scientiae was invaluable to me for getting started with blogging and meeting all sorts of other female scientists. I'd definitely like to volunteer to host a carnival. It'd get me back into the swing of posting. :)
    Psycgirl said...
    I would like to see it continue as well. I've never commented but always lurked and read the posts.

    I have to admit though, I'm never quite sure if Scientiae is reserved for "harder" sciences than mine (psychology) so I've never submitted anything.
    Podblack said...
    I've checked in here on occasion and I think there's a comment by me somewhere (I recall?) that I'd be willing to host this year... since I haven't been blogging on science topics for the past few months as regularly as I usually do, I find this a great incentive.
    Albatross said...
    Although I've never contributed, Scientiae has been a great resource for me and always an enjoyable read.

    It sounds like it is time to step up and volunteer to host sometime.
    rocketscientista said...
    Like the others said, I'd love to see it continue. I only stumbled upon it in the last half of the year, so didn't get to step up to the plate, but sent an email volunteering to host and I planned to contribute as often as possible, too! It's a great way to connect to other female bloggy scientists.
    JaneB said...
    I want to see it continue too and repeat my offer to host from last year! And feel bad about not always contributing...
    NJS said...
    I'd like to see Scientiae continue and I'll volunteer to host.
    Ms.PhD said...
    I like it, but personally I could use some kind of email reminder about deadlines for submissions.

    My schedule is so crazy and Scientiae varies in topic so much- sometimes I can sit and dash off a post on the spot as soon as I see the topic, other times I have to think hard for a week.

    If I forget to check the topic, it's usually too late when I see the call for posts randomly while reading blogs. So that is my excuse. @Psycgirl, personally I think it's not just for "hard" sciences- most of the topics are about the culture of science as work, anyway.
    Alyssa said...
    I agree with the others and would like to see it continue. I've loved contributing and reading the other posts. I too would love to host this year.
    fridayafternoonwriter said...
    Personally I've found the carnival really helpful on a number of times, and I'd like to volunteer to host.
    Leslie M-B (trillwing) said...
    I'm a big fan, and I'd hate to see it go away. I'm happy to host if you're looking for hosts.
    jokerine said...
    The trouble is, just wanting to read it isn't enough. I want to read it too, but I hardly contribute anymore and I was a horrible host. Hosting isn't any fun if there are no submissions.
    biochem belle said...
    Jokerine, I certainly see your point. That's why I'm pledging to contribute to the carnival at least seven times this year (if the carnival continues). Carnival participants can come by and harass me openly at my blog, if I fail to do so :)

    Perhaps some other bloggers could make similar pledges. The number of contributions could vary based on how often you blog and how insane your schedule is this year... whatever you feel comfortable with. (Hmm, I'm starting to sound like the NPR pledge week... sorry about that :P )
    Karina said...
    So far 10 people on this thread have volunteered to host, and me makes 11! That's nearly enough to continue in 2010. Actually, considering that it might be too late to have a January one that might be enough. I like biochem belle's goal to contribute posts at least 7 times this year. I pledge to contribute at least 8 times. I can do that. I'm also really excited the theme I have in mind if I can host September 2010.
    Patchi said...
    I'll be the twelfth!

    I had a great time hosting last year and would certainly do it again. Sometimes it feels like you need to put a lot of thought into submitting posts, but most of us can fulfill the topic even with something in our archives. renew, reuse, recycle!
    Unmeasured Confounder said...
    I only just became aware of Scientiae through biochem belle's blog. I'm relatively new to the science blogging community, but I hope to contribute this year.
    chall said...
    I would like to go back to contribute. I think I did it more than once back in the days.... but as someone else said in this thread, I suck at keeping control of the deadlines / and topics.

    I promise to be better this year though. And contribute since I have enjoyed reading and getting enthusiasm from the community at large :)
    EcoGeoFemme said...
    I enjoy the carnival, although most months I've read all the posts by the time the carnival post goes up. I've contributed a few times, but I'd be willing to do more to help keep Scientiae going.
    Candid Engineer said...
    I realize that selecting a topic for the month is difficult- but one suggestion to the hosts is to make sure that the selected topic is something that people are actually going to want to write about. I know that I, for one, sometimes pass on carnival submissions because the chosen topic is 1)something that's already been covered extensively in the blogosphere or 2) uninteresting. Maybe selecting more 'hot button' topics will increase submission #s.
    Zuska said...
    I have been awful about contributing, publicizing, and even reading Scientiae in the past year. Part of this is due to what has been going on in personal life with mom duties - I have been happy when I could just keep up with email and post some things on my blog. Things are getting better in that area now, though, and I will make a commitment to contribute at least 50% of time to Scientiae.

    Regarding topics: people may be more likely to contribute if the topics are less narrow, less specific, more evocative. The Feminist Carnival does not, I think, have topics - they just collect submissions and then organize them around emerging themes. A possibility.

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