Science writing I’d pay to read – March 2011

By Ed Yong | March 31, 2011 3:07 pm


It’s that time of the month again – time to select ten blog posts for my Science Writer Tip-Jar initiative. For those new to this, here’s the low-down:

  • Throughout the blogosphere, people produce fantastic writing for free. That’s great, but I believe that good writers should get paid for good work, or at least that people should be willing to pay for good writing. I am.
  • Every month, I choose ten pieces that I really enjoyed and donate £3 to the author. There are no formal criteria other than I found them unusually interesting, enjoyable and/or important. Pieces where writers were paid for their work are excluded.
  • There are buttons on the sidebar for you to contribute too if you wish. The “Support Science Writers” button goes to the writers. At the end of April, the chosen ten will get equal shares of the pot. The “Support NERS” button goes to me; I’ll match a third of the donations and send that to the chosen writers too.

So without further ado, here are the picks:

And just in case people are interested, last month, the tip-jar initiative raised exactly US$200, which I have split among the writers I chose in March.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Tip jar

Comments (10)

  1. You could give people memberships in the Cloud Appreciate Society instead of money, you know. ;) I’m sure they’re thrilled by the shout-outs though. :)

  2. The beauty and significance of Carl Zimmer’s article are directly proportional to its length. Or almost ;)

  3. Incredible collection, again. I hope people hit the button often…

  4. Piper Wilson

    I can’t navigate to the lake article. I get a 404 error.

  5. Great list!!! I love Sally Adee – The Last Word On Nothing

  6. Thanks, Ed! Truly honored to be mentioned. For the record, I’d pay to read any of your posts. :)

  7. Brian

    Please post more lists like this in the future. OK, thanks!

  8. Every time you post a new tip-jar post I think about http://www.readability.com. Is this something you are familiar with Ed? If not, check it out.

  9. Great list and I enthusiastically put some change in the pot. While I love Carl, he gets paid to blog at discover right? I might be wrong or making an assumption, but if so its not writing for free… regardless an article worth a tip nonetheless!

  10. @Kevin – We Discover bloggers get paid in accordance with traffic, in the same way that ScienceBlogs and others do. That counts to me – it’s not quite the same as being paid by an organisation that pays for the actual product on a per-article or per-word basis. As we all know, the quality of the piece often bears little relationship to the traffic it gets.

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