Happy Anniversary to us! Doubtful News turns one.

Hi everyone. Today is the one  year anniversary of Doubtful News!

We moved from server to server to make sure we met the demand. But, it paid off. The 750,000 page views and ever increasing growth from day one is due to so many sweet people who helped. We want to send out special heartfelt thanks to all our boosters:

  • Skeptic.com’s Daniel Loxton and William Bull
  • JREF’s D.J. Grothe and Maria Myrback (and OK… Brian Thompson)
  • CFI’s Barry Karr and Paul Fidalgo
  • Our awesome “regular” commentators and news feeders
  • All our sponsors and supporters
  • Those who put out a good word: Chew, Kylie Sturgess, Brian Dunning, Tim Farley, Ben Radford, Blake Smith, Karen Stolznow, Jason & Bobby from Strange Frequencies Radio, Bob Blaskiewicz, Phil Plait, Who Forted, The 21st Floor, Hayley Stevens, Packard Sonic, Guy Edwards, Daily Grail, Maynard & The Skeptic Zone crew
  • Our virtual best buds (so many of YOU!), The Hill family, Twitter retweeters, Facebook “likers”, and those patient souls who helped me fix the web site when it was borked.

 

 

Next, I wanted to give you a bit of an update about what’s been happening and changes you can expect.

I recently spoke about Doubtful News at CFI’s Camp Inquiry, telling kids How to Think About Weird News. That was a lot of fun and they really enjoyed the very “doubtful” stories. Both me and co-editor T (snoma) will be at Dragon Con next week. I’ll be running a panel on the Skeptrack about attracting both skeptics and believers to your projects. If you are a reader of the site, we’d love to meet you. I will also be speaking at CSIcon in Nashville in October. I’m planning a fun talk about doubtful news there as well!

A small band of skeptical know-somethings have gotten together to start Virtual Skeptics, a live Google Hangout on Wednesday nights that is streamed on YouTube and then remains there for later viewing. You can check it out on Brian Gregory’s page. We are still working on a lot of things but we talk about stories found on DN and breaking news that comes up. It’s a great discussion panel and we have a lot of fun. Check it out.

Put your keen skeptic-senses to use for the greater good, use the story submittal page or email to let us know of stories you come across that would fit the feed. We rely on crowd-sourcing our stories more and more so we love contributions. See the guidelines and tips on the Submit a Story page. Even if we don’t use your story, we so appreciate your suggestion and interest in the site. And, we may tweet the story (@doubtfulnews) if it doesn’t fit for the day.

Commenting is VERY welcome. We especially like when you add additional information or links relevant to the story. We can’t do too much in-depth checking up front due to time constraints so we rely on others to point out items that can fill-out the post. Please note that the comment policy prohibits certain behaviors. I try to get to comments as soon as possible but if you see one that needs to be removed immediately, please email or contact on twitter.

As always, your suggestions and comments about the site are welcome. Email editor@doubtfulnews.com. Donations for server cost are much appreciated (click the PayPal donation button on the right sidebar) and ads are also accepted. Please email for more info.

Meanwhile, watch for a new look coming soon as we change our template but hopefully keep the same clean, uncluttered feel. If there are any features you’d like to see, give us a shout out. We also are planning end of the year lists of the top stories and would love to visit your podcast or website to talk about the news!

Thanks for reading! It’s been a great year!

–Sharon and T

idoubtit

Editor and owner of Doubtful News. Writer, specializing in science and society, science policy and education. 

  6 comments for “Happy Anniversary to us! Doubtful News turns one.

  1. August 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Congratulations! Looking forward to many more years.

  2. August 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Keep it up. This site is one of those obvious ideas that wasn’t so obvious until it was created. Wonderful work. Thanks for all your hard work. We appreciate it.

  3. Kristen
    August 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Congrats! I really have been enjoying this site :) I only heard about it recently on Monstertalk (I think), I don’t even know if it was a new episode or and old one I was catching up on. Either way, I’m so glad I did.

  4. F89
    August 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    I may not like the way things are posted or presented somtimes, but I’m glad this site exists! Keep it up, may you be around for a LONG TIME!

  5. August 26, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    So when are you going to install a soda dispenser?

  6. Verklagekasper
    August 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Congrats! And thank you for making this blog.

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