After approximately 90 days and over 150 posts, and several full-length articles, reviews, and interviews, polyscience is closing up shop. I’m not going to stop writing, though. You might say I’ve been “acquired” — Ars Technica is launching a new science journal to go with their other technology journals. It will most likely be going live tomorrow.
It is with a small amount of sadness that I’m saying goodbye to polyscience.org. I will leave the site here as it stands now, with comments still open. (I get email notifications of new comments so I’ll still reply.) I accomplished more here than I ever really thought I would. I learned quite a lot about a great many things, and I’ll be referencing some of the posts that I wrote here in my journal entries for Ars. When I say I accomplished more than I thought I would, you have to understand that most of the projects I start start well, and then fizzle out in about a month. You see, I’ve got a fantastic first gear, but when it comes to doing things for the long-haul, well… I’m not the greatest at consistency. I am surprised and pleased that I ended up having several full-length features. I didn’t think I’d ever see the day that that happened without someone holding a gun to my head.
It was nice to have my own sandbox to play in. I’m a little depressed because I won’t be able to write longer features like I used to here. I am pleased, though, to be writing under Ars’s “pirate” flag for lack of a better term. I will be free to speak my mind to a much larger audience. I will have to elevate my game, though, and I know that. More background research, more review time before I click the publish button, as recent comments by Hat Monster have shown. And this is fine; I look forward to the new challenge. I’m sure I’ll get flamed plenty often by people who know more than I do about a given subject — that is simply the nature of the game when you write about such a broad field like “science.” As I said in my very first post, I am a science enthusiast, not a scientist.
Some closing stats for you all. All of these are figures from July 3 up until now.
- 17,638 page impressions
- 156 comments and pingbacks (more comments than PBs, though)
- 152 posts (including this one)
And an immeasurable amount of pride. :)