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How to tell the difference between a Science Blog Network, a Fanny Pack and a Backpack

This is a network: http://scienceblogs.com
This is a fanny pack: http://blogs.nature.com
This is a backpack: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/science-blogs/

This is a network: http://www.fieldofscience.com/
This is a fanny pack: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/
This is a backpack: http://gu.com/scienceblogs

This is a network: http://sciblogs.co.nz/
This is a fanny pack: http://blogs.plos.org
This is a backpack: http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/

This is a network: http://scientopia.org/
This is a fanny pack: http://gam.southernfriedscience.com/
This is a backpack: http://www.labspaces.net/blogs

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  1. Errr... must be a cultural thing, but I just did not get this post! :( Can someone explain, please?

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  2. @Pranab: That's a good question. I'm not exactly sure myself, but if I had to guess, I'd break it down like this:

    A fanny pack (in spite of its name) is usually worn facing front, like this: http://blogs.nature.com

    A backpack (with rare exception) is usually worn on the back, like this: http://gu.com/scienceblogs

    Anyway, that's as far as I get.

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  3. But that don't make no sense! The blogs on FoS are also blogname.fieldofscience.com. That makes them fanny packs too! :)

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  4. Well, let's actually break it down as you suggest and see where we end up.

    If you lose the fanny pack (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/), you get http://discovermagazine.com/, which self identifies as a "Magazine."

    If you discard the backpack (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/science-blogs/), you get http://www.wired.com/, which also purports to be a "Magazine."

    But if you drop the "blog" (http://epiphenom.fieldofscience.com/) you get http://www.fieldofscience.com/, which describes itself as a "Science Blog Network."

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  5. So are you saying that just because these other websites do other things they can't call themselves networks?

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  6. I have to admit the humour is a little lost on me too (part of it’ll just be that a 'fanny pack' is an American expression), but thanks for mentioning our lot: http://sciblogs.co.nz/

    (I write Code for life over that way...)

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  7. Edward, you've made similar comments in the past and I'm just trying to understand your point. I hope this isn't the typical blog network shit flinging I come to expect from less reputable bloggers.

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  8. I'm a super nice guy Brian. Ask anyone.

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