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LabSpaces - longterm

Psycasm
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Wed, Dec 08, 2010, 6:31 pm CST

Hey Brian,

 

I can keep blogging till the zombies come home, but what are your long term goals for labspaces, and is there any way we can help you work towards them?

 


Evie
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Wed, Dec 01, 2010, 8:22 am CST

I'm w Rift!


Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Wed, Dec 01, 2010, 8:28 am CST

Long term goals?  Well, world domination of course!

1) I think it'd be cool if we could eventually get a large and sustained readership similar to DiscoverMagazine or Scientific American.  They currently see about 10 times more traffic than we do so there's some work to be done.  There are a few things that factor in to getting that kind of success.  They're really the four pillars of the internet: Money, time, luck, and content.  I think we have a lock on both time and content.  Luck gets much better when you network and find people willing to help you or trade favors.  I'm working on a couple of good alliances now with sites that attract visitors that'd be interested in the content here but that we're not directly competing with.  Those are win-win relationships ;)  Finally, money. I don't have much to invest in advertising and site promotion.  I think we could do a lot better here if we had a couple of booth campaigns at large scientific meetings just to get the word out.  I've spent a couple thousand dollars on Facebook advertising over the last couple of years, but I'm not sure that it really did much.  Advertising really is a "go big or go home" kind of field.  To get the kind of money we'd need for a major campaign would require some kind of investor proposal and I know I don't want to invest the effort they're going to expect (like quit my real job and do this full time) AND I really like the independence we have here to do whatever we want :)  Plus, then the site becomes all about returning the investment and profits, etc. and that's not what I want to be doing here! Of course you can all help by self promoting like crazy and telling your friends about the site.

2) Make LabSpaces a science fact check hub.  There was a lot of criticism going around about the press releases and I think once I get the press release rating system finished, we'll be doing something much more useful with them.  It'd be cool, like you said, if journalists stopped by here to verify if a press release was a good primer for a full blown piece.  Additionally, I think it'd be great if the public used the site and our community of scientist expert bloggers to verify or refute things they've heard in the media.

3) Biochembelle's post on how to use social media to expand your network was really good.  I think it's important that scientists start to see the value in internet networking.  It can have just as much impact on your career as face to face networking if you do things right. Showing our not so internet inclined colleagues that there are potential benefits here would be another long term goal.

But I really just do this site for fun.  So these things may be goals, but I'm not investing every waking moment in this website and maybe that's a hindrance to achieving them.  At this point in time I'm much more focused on a career in biotech than one in information technology.  I guess I'd have to think long and hard if the website became more of job than a hobby.  And if I ever need a fall back career, admining and coding this site has given me a crapload of real world experience.

How about you tell me what some of your long term goals are and we can try to figure out how to use the site to make you more successful in achieving them?  Maybe that should be long term goal 4) Help my bloggers be more successful in their blogging and their science :)


Psycasm
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Thu, Dec 02, 2010, 6:18 am CST

Personally my long-term goals are pretty transparent, what with the new podcast and all. Basically I'm (attempting) to set myself up as a science communicator here in Australia, and perhaps more broadly on the internet. Though I still have a bit of education ahead of me.

Blue-sky stuff, but I'd love to be involved in TAM and Dragoncon and the like as a Psych rep, in much the same way you've got Phil Plait for Astronomy and PZ Meyers for Atheism and Biology.

I'd be more than happy, should my Podcast be a success, to be pluggin' Labspaces - as well as putting up a nice big banner over at www.psycho-babble.net ;)

But it's a good question - I know a lot of bloggers are hobbyists, and not looking to make to much more of it than some nice collaborations and building up some net-cred, but I've been hitting up blogging comps like the Open Lab and the recent Evo comp at Science3point0. I'm hoping I'm on the right track - I'd be interested in the opinion of folk like Jason Goldman, who's clearly made something of himself as a blogger.

 

 


Dr. O
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Thu, Dec 02, 2010, 8:57 am CST

My personal goals are really pretty selfish - I like having a place to vent my stress, getting feedback about career-related stuff, and working on my writing skillz. I also write to a much smaller audience than some of the science bloggers out here, in that I main aiming my posts at other scientists. I like the audience LabSpaces provides, and anything that can expand that audience would be great. There's not much beyond that I need (at least not that I know of). Of course, I'll do what I can to help others on our network achieve their goals.


Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Thu, Dec 02, 2010, 9:23 am CST

Rift, I totally love your psycho-babble project.  You know I'm on board to help you launch that series.  I'll do whatever I can to get you some ears to listen to it.

Evie has some pretty cool contacts in the tech world that she's talking to about working on some video posts.  We're in the early stages, or more accurately, she's in the early stages of planning that out (because I know nothing about video media, etc...)  But that could have some great potential and expand into a new area that isn't seen many other places.

Dr. O, It's ok to be selfish! You also just had a baby and need to get back on track in lab, so I have no expectations.  Do whatever you want.  I like how the blogs are split between "Life of a scientist" and "Hard science."  I think it attracts two audiences that have a common ground and I want to try to harbor an interaction between those two sets of readers.  Just keep doing what you're doing, Dr. O :)

My goal in the forum and witht he bloggers is really to give everyone an opportunity to help shape what we do here.  (Of course I'm going to be pig headed about the press release until I think they've failed their purpose :P).  But I really do enjoy hearing everyone's ideas on how to expand our reach.  Keep the ideas coming in! Like I said, Evie and Rift are already working on two really cool projects to add new types of content to the site.


Odyssey
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Thu, Dec 02, 2010, 11:22 am CST

Long term goals?  Well, world domination of course!

Sorry Brian, I'm not giving up that job for anyone. Not even you.


Jason Goldman
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Tue, Dec 07, 2010, 6:07 pm CST

I'd be interested in the opinion of folk like Jason Goldman, who's clearly made something of himself as a blogger.

Wait, are you talking about me? I suppose I've made something of myself, but I'm not sure what.


Psycasm
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Tue, Dec 07, 2010, 6:37 pm CST

Well, you get interviewed and you appear to a be a sort of science-blogger hub. I think most in the psych field of blogging would know who you are.


Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Tue, Dec 07, 2010, 6:55 pm CST

Jason's just being humble. He's a rock star :)


Namnezia
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Wed, Dec 08, 2010, 6:13 pm CST

I have a proposal - in addition to the active resident blogs, why not create a LabSpaces Guest Blogger group blog. That way many of us who post only occasionally can be part of this guest blog and post occasional updates of interest to the LabSpaces community. I know my blog here has not been very active, and I post most things in my regular blog, I'd be happy with this guest blogger arrangement.


Dr. O
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Wed, Dec 08, 2010, 6:31 pm CST

Not a bad idea, Namnezia.

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