Last August, Signals hosted its first blog carnival and it was so much fun, we’re doing it again. Missed it? No idea what a blog carnival involves?
The way I explained it last year is like this: A blog carnival is essentially an online blogging “party” with many guests who all blog on the same topic and link back to the party host – and, by that, I mean the main blog. Or you can think of a blog carnival as a single venue hosting a variety of entertainment. In this case, the “entertainment” are posts from influential bloggers across the stem cell research community all blogging on one theme. As you jump from post to post, just as you would between booths at a carnival, it’s a chance to absorb a wide range of opinions and viewpoints from scientists and science communications experts.
For the inaugural blog carnival, the topic was the 10-year anniversary of the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells. As you might expect, the blogs were as unique as their writers. Here’s what you missed last year.
Signals is shaking things up this year with a potentially controversial and patient-focused topic. It will be interesting to read what the bloggers think and, for some, it might take them out of their comfort zone. I have no doubt that everyone will be very thoughtful with their posts.
I promise to reveal the participants and the topic in a few weeks. For now, please circle August 29 in your calendar and set aside some time for some reading. I hope you’ll share your thoughts about the different blogs in our comments section.
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