Today I started a new blogging network

In the last few weeks I haven’t seen any announcement for a new science blogging network (the last one was probably Scientific American in September). So I thought today would be a good day to start a new one. Earlier today I wrote the first post on the first blog hosted by my institution. The blog runs on a WordPress 3.0 installation that I hope will see more blogs in the future – our library will probably be next (they are currently hosted on

Social network in a course

Flickr image by hanspoldoja.

The new blog is the official blog of our Comprehensive Cancer Center (my day job). I will write about various aspects of the work there – something I wanted to do for a while. This is also the first time that I write in German, which will be much easier, but at the same time will reach a smaller audience. Writing for my institution will also be an interesting experience. Although I don’t think that this will start something big at our institution, institutions are in fact a good place for blogging networks. Special thanks go to Stefan Zorn in our PR department for encouraging words, and to Henry Scowcroft from Cancer Research UK for many good tips about blogging for an institution.

The new blog of course doesn’t mean that I stop writing here. I’m too deep into this.

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4 Responses to Today I started a new blogging network

  1. Peter says:

    Congrats! Way to go!

    Who can blog on your network? I think every university should offer its employees (and students!) to blog for free, networked or otherwise. For example the ETH does

    What are your editorial plans? Any projects in the back of your head? What kind of networking effect do you expect? Will you tell more here (soon)? Questions, questions, questions…

  2. Hadas says:

    Congratulations and good luck!

  3. Martin Fenner says:

    Peter, these are good questions. I got an interesting response when I contacted our PR department about starting a blog:

    “We were interested in this for a while, but you are the first person that asked. We think this only works if the initiative comes from the person that wants to blog, and not from us.”

    In other words, any reasonable request for a blog will probably work, at the beginning this might be easier for faculty than for students. Our PR department does not plan to edit/approve any blog posts.

    I want to write about interesting things that go on at our Cancer Center, including papers published by faculty, interesting seminars, interviews with medical doctors, researchers, patient advocates, etc. I know of several Cancer Centers in the U.S. doing this, but we are the first in Germany.

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