13 October 2010
Important news about this blog
Posted by Dave Petley
As Dave’s landslide blog approaches it’s third anniversary, I have some important news about the future of the site. As you are aware, the blog currently sits on blogger, which is a commercial blog site owned by google. Whilst it has served the purpose well, I would rather it was located on a proper science-led site. A few months ago I was approached by the AGU, the world’s largest earth science organisation, with an offer to host the blog. After discussions I have accepted this great suggestion, so the blog will move,, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, to the new site. The plan is that this blog will be one of a collection of seven or so geoblogs on the AGU blog site. I will provide details of the new site, and of the other blogs that are moving there, in the next few days.
The move will cause some disruption, but I hope this can be minimised. My plan is to run the new site and the original site in parallel for a few weeks. Otherwise there will be no major changes to the site – I will retain full editorial control of the blog.
Congratulations! Glad to see AGU recognising your work.
Congrats on the move. You have a unique site and it's great to see it being recognized!
Yours is a great blog; I read & "tweet" it often. I hope that you'll be able to continue having editorial freedom.
Hi Kristen,This is Maria-Jose Vinas, Public Information Coordinator at the American Geophysical Union. Yes, part of the hosting agreement is that Dave and the other bloggers will have complete editorial freedom.With its new blog network, AGU wants to provide a go-to location on the Web for informed, timely, and interactive exchanges of ideas about the Earth and space sciences that AGU represents.AGU will keep its own blogs (GeoSpace, The Plainspoken Scientist and Meetings), so we're not looking to take over anyone else's!Best, MJ
The move to AGU would be a good recognition of excellent work you have been doing on landslides. Your coverage on Attabad landslide was very impressive.Congratulations!
Hi Kristen,I can confirm Maria-Jose's comments – I will retain editorial control of my blog. I do not anticipate any major changes (other than a better page design!). The AGU site will hopefully mean that the blog has greater credibility, will be accessible from China (blogger is not), and gains a more diverse readership.I am genuinely really excited about this move, which has been under discussion for several months now.Dave
I don't think your credibility was ever in question; I hope you don't think that self-publishing hurts a blog's credibility? I can sympathize with wanting to get blogspot out of the url; I would have suggested "davepetley.com" or something similar. In any case, thanks for writing this blog! I'll update my rss feed 🙂
And China DOES need access … with all the landslides there. Good work all.
The move will be a nice step forward toward AGU's desire to be a go-to source of geo-information to the public and other scientists. Wonderful idea!
Well, let's all, eh, slide on over to AGU then…
Congratulations Dear!Your work has always been precious and it's heartening to find about it's further recognition.Keep it up!Yes! current page out layout is a mess. I am excited to see something now. 😉
Congratulations, Dave. Well deserved.
Definitely great if it implies larger audiance and access for people who didn't have access. Can't help a question to rsie in my mind though. Will it all still be so easy to find by sort of almost random exporation on the web? I mean sometimes someone doing something great in the street is more vsisible than someone in some big institutional building. But maybe this question is due to my lack of practice of internet. Thank you anyway for keeping on informing us so nicely. That's really precious. Wakindra