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Another online project: Bracing for Impact, reported by Flux

In case you were wondering, Webb of Science hasn’t disappeared, but I have been busy with a variety of other projects. The Science Writers’ Handbook website continued to publish regularly through December, and I had a baby boy in October.

In addition,  I was part of a team of reporters (named Flux) who launched a crowdfunded reporting project (Bracing for Impact) looking at how communities are responding to and preparing for climate change. We started publishing stories in August, and we’ll be wrapping up our initial run this month. We used the brand new Beacon platform, specifically designed for journalists.

Our leader, Virginia Gewin, wrote a blog post describing “The Experiment” back in July. Crowdfunding is hard work. I have a whole new appreciation for the fund drives on public radio and television, and an awe and respect for artists, journalists, and others who are routinely supporting their work in this way.

At the same time it’s incredibly freeing to be able to create a new project and direct its path without having to make stories fit the exact specifications of an existing publication. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, and publishing with this great group of colleagues has sharpened my reporting and editing skills.

I wrote three stories for the project (Some stories may be behind Beacon’s paywall.):

Photo by Sarah Webb, reservoir in Clayton County, Georgia

Share my other online project

Over the last few months, I’ve been spending the bulk of my blog-related time on a new project: the website for The Science Writers’ Handbook. The book, which will publish in April, is a collaboration involving more than 30 science writers. I contributed one chapter to the book about “The Diversity of Science Writing.” I write about the many gigs that science writers can take on to build a sustainable business. I’m also the editor in chief and project manager for this new website. So over the last several months, I’ve been working with a web designer to build that site and working with a small group of colleagues (Hannah Hoag, Stephen Ornes and Monya Baker) to edit that site.

We’re live now, and we’ve been posting throughout January, so there’s plenty to explore. We’re covering the craft, commerce and community of the profession. Already you can get expert tips on interviewing for audio and video, learn about how to handle loneliness when working in an exotic location, and learn how to network at conference cocktail parties. We provide a peek into our writing workspaces and even confess to how a certain corporate caffeinator fuels our work.

So if you’ve wondered what happened to Webb of Science, I’m still here, and I’ll be back here soon. In the meantime, I hope you’ll take a peek around the new site.

I’ll be at ScienceOnline 2013 this week, so if you’re going, I hope you’ll find me and say hello. My colleague Emily Gertz and I will be talking about The Science Writers’ Handbook website during a BlitzTalk on Friday. See you there or on Twitter at #scio13. And, speaking of ScienceOnline, there’s a new interview with me on on Bora Zivkovic’s blog at Scientific American.

P.S. Huge thanks to the National Association of Science Writers for an Idea Grant that funded our book and the website!



Webb of Science moves South

Summer turned out to be a little crazy  at Webb of Science. My husband got a new job, and we’ve moved South to Chattanooga, Tennessee. So my blog needed to go on hiatus, and I’ll be shifting my focus a bit. Instead of hearing about New York City, you’re more likely to get a slice of Southern hospitality and a side of the Smoky Mountains. But as always, it will be my usual mix of science-y goodness.

We’ve been here just over a month. And, just in case you were wondering, Chattanooga is a pretty amazing place. We have the photos to prove it.

I still may sprinkle in a few bits from NYC that I didn’t manage to get in before we left. Please stay tuned!

Lookout Mountain

We saw Rock City!


Rock formations in the caves at Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls, an 145 foot underground waterfall

Chattanooga Nature Center

Butterfly in a meadow at the Chattanooga Nature Center

red wolf

a red wolf at the Chattanooga Nature Center

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New Year’s Blogwarming

photo courtesy of camknows on flickr

Frequent visitors to Webb of Science have probably already noticed the new digs, but you can now consider the new blog & website fully launched. I’ll continue to improve the site, but it’s time for the official blogwarming.

A friend and email subscriber asked me, “So, why the move?”

  • With my website ( and the blog, I had two internet homes. I decided I wanted to live at one address.
  • I wanted the flexibility of self-hosting my site, and overall, having everything in one place will save me money. A win-win overall.
  • I hope that visitors who found me through my website will enjoy visiting the blog and that blog visitors will learn more about my other work.

Welcome, feel free to roam around and comment if you like. I hope you’ll visit again soon!


Blogathon posting partners

As I promised, I’m posting a list of my fellow blogathoners, more than a hundred strong. I’m inspired to be in such a large group, but it’s also a little daunting. (Thanks again to Michelle Rafter, our fearless organizer). Here’s to day 4– More science tomorrow.

  • Rebecca I. Allen – 356 No More, A journey from couch to fit
  • Andi, Misadventures with Andi, Merry musings of a feisty foodie slash lit-chickie slash globe-trotting wannabe Frenchie!
  • Anjuli – bhulbhulaiyan, a complicated entanglement of zigzag pathways
  • Christa Avampato – Christa in New York, Curating a Creative Life
  • Joan Lambert Bailey – PopcornHomestead, Gardening, place and my life in Tokyo
  • Karen Bannan – Natural as Possible Mom, Because natural isn’t always possible — or easy
  • Linda Barnby,, Taking Entrepreneurs from Where They Are to Where they Want to Be
  • t.a. barnhart – Left Coast Foodie, Damn, that’s good: a foodie blog by someone who knows what he’s doing
  • June Bell – Enough is enough! Advice and support
  • Teresa Bitler – Forty Firsts, A Midlife Crisis in the Making
  • Athena l. Borozon – Altar Valley Daily Orb, The Desert Rat Dialogues
  • Jane Boursaw* – Film Gecko, Cool movie news and reviews
  • Alisa Bowman – Project Happily Ever After, Marriage advice from a recovering divorce daydreamer
  • Carson Brackney – Carson Brackney, Consultant, Copywriter, Content Provider, Factotum
  • Ben BradleyBen’s (Not Quite) First Ever Presence on the Interweb, Blog of an aspiring human being
  • Sheena Brockington – Greenhouse Advertising, Cultivating ideas for small businesses
  • Danielle Buffardi* – Horrible Sanity, Going into the mind of a mother and freelancer
  • Beverly Burmeier – Going on Adventures, Travel stories from near and far
  • Diane Calhoun – Violet is My Color, Life just happens, deal with it
  • Danielle Carter – Live and Love Life VA, Helping you do more of what you love, and less of what you don’t!
  • Fiona Chan – Candy Prison, A typical teenager
  • Joy Choquette – One Year. 156 Fears. Life Changing. One woman tackles her fears
  • Bernard Chung – Green Tea World, It’s more than just a cup of green tea here
  • Caroline Clemmons – A Writer’s Life, Writing tips, interviews and miscellaneous ramblings
  • Shelley Clunie – ShelCluzo’s Blog, Healthy, wealthy and wise at 62
  • Cocotte – Leaping into Life, Uncommon stories to nurture body, mind & soul
  • Christianne Cook – A Day in My Mind, The world through my eyes
  • Continue reading Blogathon posting partners


    Blogathon time again

    I’m back for the WordCount May Blogathon again this year. Daily blogging each day in May was both challenging and fun last year, and I’m hoping that I’m up to the challenge again this year. More details about my partners in posting soon.

    This time last year I wondered if I’d manage to post each day. This year, follow-up pressure has me nervous. I did it last year, but can I do it again? It’s already a busy May, and I hope I’m up to the task.

    If you’ve visited before or you land here for the first time, feel free to drop me a note and say hello. Or if you have ideas or suggestions for science-y posts, I’d love to hear about them. I’m looking forward to learning and growing this month.


    More Guest Blogging

    I had so much fun with the Official May Blogathon Guest Post Day last Thursday that Webb of Science is doing another Guest Post Day today. This week I’m hosting Jennifer L.W. Fink of Blogging ‘Bout Boys. One of the treats of this month long blogaganza has been making new friends and reading their work. I’ve enjoyed reading Jenny, and I hope you’ll enjoy her guest post.

    By the way, if you’re looking for me today, I’m visiting Jenny’s blog with a Molecule-of-the-Weekesque post about testosterone.


    Fellow writer-bloggers in the May experiment

    So, it’s day 2 of the May blog-a-thon, and here are my fellow writer-bloggers who are undertaking the challenge. Some are brand new bloggers. Some have been doing this far longer than I have.  But all of us are professional writers. So the trick will be finding words, ideas, and those corners of time to keep this up over the next 30 days.

    Vera Marie BadertscherA Travelers Library – Books & movies that influence travel.

    Heather BoernerSerenity for the Self Employed – Advice for the self-employed among us.

    Jane BoursawFilm Gecko – May Movie Madness and other film-related stuff.

    Danielle BuffardiHorrible Sanity – Random thoughts of a mother & freelance writer.

    Sona CharaipotraSona Charaipotra – for entertainmnet topics, and Ishq in a Backpack on travel and food.

    Rosie ColombraroTrust the Universe – There is always a Plan B.

    Sue DickmanA Life Divided – Food, gardening, travel, books and more.

    Jackie DishnerBIKE with Jackie – Improving your life with the B.I.K.E. spiritual navigation tool.

    Kelly EstesBig Government in Your Wallet – A political blog

    Jennifer L.W. FinkBlogging ‘Bout Boys – With 4 boys between 11 & 3, this writer knows her subject.

    Sydne George I’ll Have What She’s Cooking – Good eats.

    Debra GordonWine on Tuesdays

    Nancy HallFloating Ink – How to fit making art into your every day life.

    Heather HollidayZazou Marketing – Putting your best words forward.

    Elizabeth HumphreyTheWriteElizabeth – Introducing creativity into daily life.

    Leah IngramSuddenly Frugal – Tips for frugal living.

    JoAnn JagroopThis Dame Cooks – Recipes from Alaska to the South Pacific.

    Sara LancasterNo. 2 Blog – Blog of this Boulder, Colo., freelance Web & marketing writer.

    Lisa MannSonoma on the Cheap – One of the ..on the Cheap blogs, this one for Sonoma, Calif.

    Joy ManningWhat I Weigh Today – A food writer reflects on weight and body image issues.

    Amy Rauch NeilsonAmy Rauch Neilson – This blog’s official launch date is Monday, May 4.

    Jennifer NetherbyJennifer Netherby – Musings of a freelance writer.

    Sarah E. LudwigParenting by Trial and Error – parenting by learning, growing, staying flexible

    Michelle RafterWordCount – freelancing in the digital age

    Kate ReillyPolka Dot Suitcase – Finding fun in everyday life.

    Melissa SaisDigital Mom – Raising kids in a digital world.

    Brette SemberMartha and Me – One Martha Stewart makeover every day.

    Kathy SummersEcoPregnancy & Baby and Health Writing Hints.

    Jodi TorpeyWestern Gardeners

    Happy blogging, everyone!