Content Roundup for May 2012: Summer is Coming

In May I’ve been getting close to the post frequency I had hoped to. I’ve been shooting for about 3 or 4 a week.  Yes, I know many bloggers post multiple times per day.  I’m what some call a slow blogger, and I’m fine with that.

But even at a slow rate, I know people are busy and can’t always follow the posts. If you missed some of the action in May, here’s a way to catch up. Herein are links to the content I’ve been involved with in the last month. It includes this blog as well as the material I post on other blogs, my podcasting activities, my best posts on Twitter as well as key shout-outs or mentions elsewhere.

I’m also trying to document on a monthly basis what my contributions are to several skeptic-relevant crowdsourcing projects. This is in part because of the workshop I’m presenting at TAM 2012 in July, titled “The Future of Skepticism Online: Crowd-sourced Activism”. I hope many of you will join me for that.

Read on to see what you might have missed…


Here were my blog posts this month.

Mentions and links on other blogs:

Podcasting & Video

I contributed segments to these episodes of Skepticality:

On other podcasts:
  • May 16: Skeptics’ Guide 5×5 #113: What’s the Harm?  Thanks for the nice plug for the site and the shout out from Bob!

Social Media

I posted on Twitter:

  • 219 regular tweets, including:
    • 26 “What’s the harm in…?” stories
    • 31 daily skeptic history facts
    • 63 retweets of other people
  • Plus 156 replies to other Twitter posts for a total of 375 tweets

Here are highlights, the tweets that were retweeted the most.

(9 retweets, 1 favorite)

A story about synaesthesia was very popular with skeptics, but it turned out not to be true. (Note how the correction didn’t spread nearly as far).

(51 retweets, 15 favorites)


Zicam justice:


(13 retweets, 2 favorites)

(17 retweets, 1 favorite)


(13 retweets, 7 favorites)


(11 retweets, 2 favorites)

To get these as I post them, you should follow me on Twitter here.

Crowdsourcing Contributions

Here were my contributions to various projects this month:

I contributed 4 edits to Wikipedia.  (Susan, forgive me).

I rated 16 sites on Web of Trust and left 2 new site scorecard comments.

I made 3 edits to the Skeptic History database. It now has 1423 items.

I continued to update my Skepticism event guide on Lanyrd with changes to the TAM schedule and so on.

I guess you can see the cost paid for the increased blogging – less crowdsourcing.  Ah well. On to June, bug.

2 thoughts on “Content Roundup for May 2012: Summer is Coming

  1. sgerbic

    “Here were my contributions to various projects this month:

    I contributed 4 edits to Wikipedia. (Susan, forgive me).”

    LOL if only all everyone did was 4 edits a month, we would own the world about now!

    Every month your content round-up amazes me. I see I’ve missed a couple JREF posts, glad you list them here for easy reference.

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