Tipping your online science writers

Tip jar. Photo by burningkarma.

I woke up this morning to learn that Ed Yong liked my post about quasi-carnivorous plants so much that he’s willing to pay for it. That is, Ed’s included my post in his monthly collection of online science writing worthy of a sort of collective tip jar—he pledges £3 to each of the selected authors, and collects donations from his readers to divvy up amongst the authors at the end of the month. It’s a cool initiative that’s been underway for a couple months, so it’s a mite embarrassing that I’m only mentioning it now that I’ve been included.

In any event, I’m pretty sure this marks the first time I’ve been paid for a piece of writing—certainly the first time I’ve been paid for a post to Denim and Tweed—and I’m honored to be included in a list alongside top-notch science writers like Brian Switek, Jonah Lehrer, and Maryn Mckenna. I strongly encourage you to read them all, and consider putting something in the tip jar.