At long last, I can reveal my super-sekrit project: I’ve become a part of the Scientific American blog network. Notice it’s no longer April Fool’s Day, the pony avatar is down, and you can click over to see Rosetta Stones. This is real, my darlings.
I have got a lot of words, but I haven’t got the proper ones for telling you what an honor it is to be representing my beloved geology on Scientific American.
When Bora asked me if I’d be interested in doing this about a month ago, I had to read the message several times before I could believe what it said. Of all the things I expected when I began ETEV, this wasn’t one of them. It never would have happened without my friends in the geoblogosphere, especially Anne Jefferson and Chris Rowan. Wouldn’t have had a chance without PZ Myers, who got me started on this whole science blogging gig to begin with. Never a possibility without Stephanie Zvan, who pitched me for FreethoughtBlogs and told me to get the fuck over my impostor syndrome, and my fellow FreethoughtBloggers, who decided to take a chance on bringing me in.
And I can tell you for a fact that even with all of them, there would be no Rosetta Stones on the Scientific American blog network if it hadn’t been for you.
Yes, you. Don’t sit there looking so humble. You read my posts, you comment, you put in requests, and you are the reason for everything I do. I blog for you. No you, no blog, no possibility I’d ever join the amazing lineups at FtB and Scientific American.
Thank you. I owe you a drink; don’t let me forget next time we meet in meatspace.
The thought may have flittered through your mind: What about ETEV? Well, it’s not going anywhere. It won’t even change too much. Rosetta Stones is a fantastic chance to bring geology to a wider audience, and I’m going to love every moment I spend there (with you, right?), but this is home. This is where we do our UFDs and Mystery Flora and songs and road trips and whatever else catches our fancy, and I love being part of this amazing network of unapologetic atheists, and even though it’s not grammatically-correct Spanish, I love En Tequila Es Verdad. Our cantina isn’t closing. It’s just that we have a posh new spot to spend a day or two every week at, with new people to meet, and new things to see and do.
Go have a look round the new place. Not all the furniture’s in yet, but it’ll get there. Let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or requests for topics. Let’s make this fantastic. Together.
(Rosetta Stones is launching during my bedtime, so I’ve pre-scheduled this post. If the link doesn’t work, try again in a bit – it may go live later than we anticipated.)