Bora has a very interesting post about science blogs’ history, and he’s been living its evolution probably since the beginning. There are several quite interesting points that we may overlook, such as the early importance of anti-science debunking, especially creationism. That’s amazing how things have changed, though, and drifting towards science news and analysis became the main science blogging perspective over the years. Seeds Aside intersected classical science blogging and nature blogging, and it’s probably going to stay this way if it becomes a born again blog (by which I mean coming back to a life of posting more regularly). It may also slightly evolve, since I’m currently much less dependant on not hurting my career with more political commentaries and may indulge into increasing the range of subjects.
I never realised how much early science blogging was so deeply rooted in specialised forum of the paleo-internets such as talk.origins. I lurked a lot in this forum quite some time ago, eventually begun to read blogs out of the stream (actually, Evolving Thoughts & Rationnally Speaking were the very first blogs I took time to read). Then I begun to expend it and finally had always a few regular blogs but the list was evolving over time (because it was the only way to control time spent). Finally, I jumped into the train, even if never as seriously as many bloggers do.
The text is really interesting, and other sections are well thought (e.g., the carnival part). What are you still doing here? Go read the text!