Well, I’ve been doing this blog for nearly a year, and it’s time to check in and see if it is worth continuing. The subject matter is still interesting to me, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job at reporting on research developments and providing a single source of this information for interested people, but there are a couple issues that may get in the way of continuing it past the end of August.
One is money (which also equals time). It costs $$ to keep this going, in the form of the technical services (domain name and hosting, etc.), publicity (for example, listing the blog in Internet directories or Google ads for it), and of course there’s my time. I have decided to apply to law school for next fall, in part to study issues such as the stem cell patents, and I want to do as much prepartory work as I can for the first year so that my family life does not get shafted.
There’s also the issue of traffic (which is part of what leads to the issue of money). There are a number of regular readers out there, but it’s not a huge number, and it’s not really increasing. Is it worth it to keep this going when there aren’t actually a large number of people who benefit from it?
Given these issues, it’s important to see what support is available from readers, in the form of a small donation and letting friends and colleagues know about it and adding links to it where appropriate (with reciprocal linking if desired, of course). If readers can make donations totaling $1000 by the end of the month, it can keep going for a while— otherwise, it’s been a fun ride but time to move on.