I’m going to have to update the “Recovering Sciencebloggers” list at the bottom of the RHS panel; around a dozen bloggers have said they either will stop blogging, or leave Scienceblogs. When I get the time I’ll link to their new blogs.
But I have to say that the reasons to leave Scienceblogs are bigger than the corporate shilling. They have to do with the behaviour of the other bloggers (some notable exceptions are ERV, Mike Dunford, and PZ) who were unrestrained by the Seed liaisons in their abusiveness. PepsiCo is only the last straw, and more than a few bloggers have in effect said this in their farewells.
However, that is not the fault of Seed, exactly. When bloggers were signed on by Seed (with the promise of fame, riches and taut young willing nubile bodies for our pleasure; I’m sure that was in my contract), they were signed on as if they were adults, with a sense of right and wrong, decorum and basic human decency. Most of them behaved well enough, and a few (especially those above, and some who left with me last year) were more than decent; they were heroes standing up to the bullying.
Had Seed been a little more proactive in making sure that the blogging forum was not a toxic workplace, maybe they’d have fewer defections now. I cannot but praise the person – an intern – given the task of blogger wrangling (hi Arikia), because she did the best she could in difficult circumstances, but Seed has tended to treat what in another profession one might call “the talent” with a certain standoffishness. Perhaps it’s because they did presume the bloggers were grownups.
Anyway, keep track of the better bloggers. I’ll update the list later today Australian time (tomorrow, for you New Worlders).