The first Skeptics' Circle of 2006
Now that the holidays are basically over, it's time to get your best skeptical blogging sent over to Runolfr at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Wednesday night, and the Circle will appear on Thursday, January 5.
One thing I noticed today, as I was catching up on all the stuff I put off over the holidays, is that the science blog carnival extraordinaire, Tangled Bank, which (like the Skeptics' Circle) also runs biweekly, took the week between Christmas and New Years off. This was undoubtedly a wise decision, as I noticed that my visit count took a huge plunge that week, as did that of several other blogs I've checked out. (Apparently people had better things to do than read the ramblings of various bloggers; perhaps next year I'll just completely shut down the blog for that week, rather than worrying about stockpiling material to post while I'm gone.) However, that decision means that Tangled Bank is now appearing on the same weeks that the Skeptics' Circle appears. For example, this week's Tangled Bank is appearing at Afarensis on Wednesday, January 4.
I don't know if this will present a problem or not; I used to like the way the Skeptics' Circle and Tangled Bank were staggered, so that you could have great science blogging one week, then skepticism the next, with never more than about a week between fixes. Having both on the same weeks might be too much of a good thing at one time, followed by the long two week break until the next round. There's only one way to find out whether my concerns are valid...