I’m working my way through the comments on yesterday’s post asking readers what they’d like to see more of on WEIT. There seemed to be two classes of answers:
1.) Don’t change anything
2.) Add more science posts
(One reader violated protocol by saying he skipped the cat posts because they murder wild animals, but I will let that bit of rudeness pass.)
I haven’t yet finished reading the 140+ comments, and will do so today. I thank readers for responding. What I want people to realize is that the science posts are the very hardest posts to write, and involve several hours of work. I read each paper at least twice, and then summarizing stuff in a way people can understand—an art I haven’t yet mastered—is time-consuming. I like doing them, but have often wondered whether the paucity of views and comments made them less pressing than other stuff.
I will rethink this, but I wanted to say that when this website becomes more of a chore than a joy, I will stop writing it. I’m sure that will happen one day, perhaps only when I die, but writing science posts that summarize new literature is sometimes a big investment of time and energy.
However, to reward those who like them, I have a post about Darwin and his antecedents coming up in 15 minutes. Thanks again for the responses.