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Another point source in the geoblogosphere

I’ve decided to jump into the geoblogosphere!

Why blog

Since I first started tweeting, I’ve discovered a significant community of geoscientists committed to using and exploring the potential applications of social media through the geoblogosphere. Their enthusiasm is palpable and contagious, and the circle of participants is continuously expanding.

While I have learned and gained so much from engaging with this community via Twitter, I want to engage in more robust ways beyond 140 characters.  Through posts and discussions on geoblogs, these geoscientists engage in

How could I not want to jump in?

Expanding the geoblogosphere

When I discovered this community online, I wondered how it was possible that I had not been aware of it before. After all, developing online geoscience information for geoscientists and the public has been a large part of my career for ten years. The majority of long-term geobloggers are in academia – although by no means all (Clastic Detritus and Astronaut for Hire, for example).

Other sectors have been slower to envision or embrace the potential benefits of social media.  Many of us in private consulting or the public sector can blog about geoscience, but we typically can’t blog about our daily work activities. Things are changing, though. Government agencies are jumping in (Arizona State Geologist and Utah Geological Survey) and more professional societies are blogging (GSA, AGU, and now NGWA).

I’m interested in exploring how blogging can foster collaboration and communications among the various sectors of the geoscience communities and between geoscientists and the general public.

Let the fun begin!


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  1. Welcome to the geoblogospheric party! Looking forward to reading.

  2. Good to see you blogging! 🙂

  3. Welcome! Looking forward to statements more than 140 characters long!

  4. Ron

    Welcome to the Geoblogosphere. Subscribed!

  5. Welcome! Especially with respect to geoblogging, the more, the merrier!

  6. Welcome! I’ve been wondering when you were gonna start one of these things. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

  7. Congrats on the new blog!

  8. cian

    Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!

  9. Awesome! Added to my feed, looking forward to reading what you have to say. 🙂

  10. Katharine North

    Great start, Cian, and such a good list of reasons! I’m hoping you’ll follow up with a second post more quickly than I have at my own blog 😉

  11. Welcome! Methinks it’s time to update my blogroll a bit, with all these great new offerings.

    • cian

      I have been impressed with the number of new geoblogs in recent months!

  12. Welcome and good luck!

  13. I really like the name of the blog … clever. Looking forward to your posts.

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