A new blogging network opened up this month – OnlySky.media, which bills itself as the “first explicitly secular multimedia platform” (quote from Adam Lee’s blogpost about the new platform). I think the choice of the word “multimedia” is intentional, since both Freethought Blogs and the Orbit are secular blogging networks, and the same could probably be said of ScienceBlogs. So far, I haven’t seen any other media context, so I find it a bit premature to make that claim (also, Freethough Blogs make the occational pod-/vlogcast, so in a sense, this network can be called multimedia as well).
OnlySky is an exodus of atheist blogs from Patheos, due to new restrictions made to secular bloggers at Patheos. It is a long time since I have visited any blog at Patheos, due to the incredible invasive ads and the horrible layout, so I applaud the move, which will allow me to read some of the many great bloggers there. It might also mean that links to blogposts on social media, will make it clearer which blog it links to, making it easier to avoid giving click to bloggers that you don’t want to support.
Anyway, aside from the quibble about the claim about being the first network, I am entirely happy to see a new atheist network. My only worry is the attempt of defining the network as a movement
SUPPORT THE Movement
Help support independent secular storytelling and journalism.
OnlySky covers the human experience from an explicitly secular point of view. Support from our readers safeguards our essential editorial independence, emboldening us to find and publish stories that others won’t. We seek to secure an influential place for secular values in our culture, and change the cultural narrative regarding the nonreligious.
From the Support OnlySky page.
Having had too many bad experiences with atheist movements, which often provide cover for the worst kind of racism and misogynism, I have absolutely no intention of supporting anything claiming to be a movement. Also, isn’t it a bit arrogant to try to cast your own commercial venture into a movement? Hopefully, they will realize that they are heading down the wrong path with this language.
One area of worry, is the fact that OnlySky media has a science section, but as far as I can see, the ranks of contributors don’t really contain any scientists – hopefully this will change over time.
William Brinkman says
I’m glad to see the new network, and I agree with your points.
One thing I found odd is that it’s not clear how to reach out to the individual contributors. Either you make the effort to find their email address, or you have to leave a comment. They have a form for submitting story pitches, but not one for sending press releases or reaching out to individual contributors. It’s a strange oversight.
The comment section on OnlySky is very difficult to use.
Die Anyway says
It’s about 2 weeks into the Only Sky experiment and it has not been fun. Navigation is difficult and confusing. Comment policy has a large number of seemingly non-controversial comments being blocked. Everything is slow to load. Today, all commenting appears to have been suspended. We’ll have to wait to see if it improves.