TL;DR: Do you find the topics below interesting?
So I write a blog, like a lot of people. I’m not looking to monetize it or really make any money off of it, though I figure some Amazon affiliate links here and there aren’t going to hurt anyone. I would like it if it paid for itself (right now it’s free but I want more flexibility than Blogger can offer and I’ll have to pay for hosting.) Also, Disqus sucks.
My message is relatively simple: Chemistry and science are pretty cool. Think critically. And being a student of these things is less than straightforward. Also: Random crap I think is cool. I don’t have as big a readership as I once had, but I’d like to build it back up. I know people are reading it, even as I neglect it, because I got a very nice email from someone saying she really liked the blog. (Also: Stats, but that’s not as much fun.)
So here’s what I need to generate: Quality content. I’m trying to build up a backlog of posts to give me the ability to keep up with a posting schedule. This is where I’m hoping my fellow Happy Mutants can give good advice. I’m particularly interested in people who don’t know much about a science book. Do you find any of this interesting? What would be interesting?
Topics I have in my pipeline (I’m actively writing at least one piece in each category at the moment):
Some popular science book reviews: Is this book too simple, too
technical, bunkum, authoritative, of interest to a lay-reader, etc.?
Artificial sweeteners and the science of tasting sweetness: This
topic is huge and is going to be broken up in several posts. There
is a cultural history to sweeteners that is really quite fascinating.
(Anyone who uses turbinado (“raw”) sugar might be interested to learn
that they’re being charged a premium for an older sugar refining
technology that became obsolete last century. It retains some
molasses but not very much. It’s actually a comparatively good
refining process. The color and crystal size is your biggest
What’s In [Blank]?: This is a series of posts where each one features
a chemical technology you’re (reasonably) likely to encounter. The
first is a Radon test kit, followed by things like certain household
cleaners, engine oil, etc. Considering going the infographic route
for this series.
The Elements: While this theoretically gives me 118 posts, it’s
easier to talk about classes of element for some things and have
dedicated posts for certain specific elements. Carbon alone is worth
an uncountable number of posts, while most of the noble gases are
Simple Home Experiments/Life Hacks: For the DIY crowd. Debating
how hazardous (not dangerous, there is a difference!) these can
be. But some things are simple. Like making your own “Clorox
Clean-Up Cleaner” in ten seconds rather than paying what is well and
truly an absurd amount of money for it.
Things We No Longer Do (& Why): Ingest radium, use heavy metals in
makeup, let people sell patent medicines (okay, we sort of still do
that), drink root beer made with actual sarsaparilla root, drive cars
with leaded gasoline, etc.
Feel free to visit and make general comments about what you think might improve the blog.