The five best and worst sites, Part IV

Cognitive Daily2

Today’s focus: sustainability.

The best: Cognitive Daily, a blog about cognitive psychology from a couple in Davidson. The academic focus is refreshing. The blog has a high-quality institutional ad from Dow Chemical, plus contribution boxes and links to a network of science blogs that support each other. You could question the ethics of taking money from Dow, but this blog’s ability to sustain itself with quality information over time is amazing. It has two authors, which helps, plus a network of other blogs to increase traffic and provide further content and support. Great site, great network.

Don’t Back Down2

The worst: Don’t back down. This Charlotte area blog seems to be an exercise in seeing how many Google line ads can be squeezed into a small basic Blogger template. Design is sad. Lots of wasted space on either side of the template, and then the Google ads dominate the top of the blog, providing readers with a shopper-type atmosphere from which they’ll likely click quickly away. The post is a history lesson on Columbus Day — not unique information, but merely a vehicle, it appears, for the ads. Sustainability relies on quality, unique content, with a sponsor that provides more than the pennies that liner Google ads provide.


7 responses to “The five best and worst sites, Part IV

  1. Pingback: links for 2007-10-09 [Cognitive Daily] · New York Articles

  2. Thank you, what a great idea..and i would never have found the cognitive blog and i oh so agree with the dow ad….i will put a sticky over it…..will keep checking back….t

  3. How do you suggest monetization of blogs? Less obtrusive, obviously. But any suggestions?

  4. Some people are hoping a public-radio or public-TV model will work.

    Check out the link in the blogroll to the Knight News Challenge proposals for more ideas.

  5. Interesting write-up, though I don’t necessarily agree with your points. Your conclusions may or may not be valid. 🙂

    See here for why, if you’re curious:

  6. Hi Chad,
    Responded at your post. My biggest regret: using superlatives like “best” and “worst.” Hope we talk more in the future…

  7. Pingback: Filtering, networking and reverse publishing — in science « Global Vue

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