“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

By Christie Wilcox | February 14, 2013 10:34 am

A year and a half ago, the decision to pack up shop at ScienceBlogs and begin blogging at Scientific American was an easy one. The inimitable Bora Zivkovic had assembled a blogging dream team, a group of people I respected and admired and couldn’t wait to call networkmates. Under Bora’s nurturing oversight, we all have flourished, and the SciAm blog network has become the most diverse and prolific science blogging network around. It is a supportive, successful, and safe place, full of people I am proud to call colleagues and friends, though they feel more like family. Here, I have had the freedom to write about everything from GMOs to robot babies to fake poop. I’ve played with tone and style, screaming at the top of my lungs one moment and gushing like a fangirl the next. Through it all, I have grown as a writer and person, and truly found my voice.

Like most sailors, though, I am not content to stay in port. I itch for the adventure of uncharted waters. I couldn’t have asked for a better safe harbor than SciAm, and I will always be indebted to everyone here, especially Bora for taking a chance on this young, spirited blogger. But, the time has come for me to cast off. It is with a mix of sadness, excitement, and just the right amount of fear that I wave a fond farewell to SciAm and announce that, as of today, Science Sushi is setting sail for Discover.

I am simply bubbling with excitement that I will be blogging alongside the likes of Razib Khan, Corey S. Powell, Keith Kloor, and the rest of the extraordinary crew over there. I’ve always been in awe of the high-caliber writers Discover has hosted over the years, and can hardly believe that I am becoming one of them.

The new blog URL is http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi
The new feed is http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/rss

So, if you would like, update bookmarks and feeds accordingly. I know that some of you may not make the journey, but I sincerely hope you will join me over at Discover. If you like what I’ve done here, I’d really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this move. Whether it’s a tweet, a blog post, +1, a facebook like or a stumble—whatever you are comfortable with—every bit helps! Comments will be closed here at Scientific American, but all of my old posts are coming with me, so you can continue the conversation over at Discover when the blog launches (soon, I promise!).

All aboard, and anchors aweigh!

Title quote has been attributed to Grace Hopper and William Shedd, so I don’t know who really said it. Image taken by me of the R/V Hi’ialakai at port at Midway Atoll

  • Kevin Bonham

    Weeee! No need to be humble, you know most of your readers are going to follow you, and hopefully you’ll pick up some new ones at these new digs :-)

    See you tomorrow morning?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=634295619 Shane Wegner

    Lieutenant Wilcox the Sailor in either alternate future!


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About Christie Wilcox

Dr. Christie Wilcox is a science writer based in the greater Seattle area. Her bylines include National Geographic, Popular Science, and Quanta. Her debut book, Venomous, released August 2016 (Scientific American/FSG Books). To learn more about her life and work, check out her webpage or follow her on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook.


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