In the year 2003, a new blog started to surface on the Internet. It was named Microsiervos, and it was a space where humour, accuracy and proximity to topics such as ecology, photography, aviation or science intertwined. A miscellaneous and personal blog written by three friends who wanted to show the last news on the topics they liked to anyone who was interested. Ten years later, Microsiervos is a successful blog with a lot of readers and they found their symbol of identity, which differentiates them from the rest of science blogs: bring science closer to the audience in an entertaining and enjoyable way without abandoning rigour. Javier Pedreira, also known as Wicho, claims that much. The science communicator is a believer on the power of the Internet as an important media tool, as long as whatever you publish is rigorously verified. That is why, despite the familiar and casual character of Microsiervos, its creators make an effort to create one hundred per cent trustworthy and valid content. Wicho says he does it because he likes it and because, despite his information technology education, he has been interested in science news since he was a boy. And after his contribution to the seminar «Science and the Press», organized by Mètode, he talked to us about his feelings regarding the Internet as a means to communicate science, the qualities of a good communicator and the situation of science journalism in Spain.
Do you believe the public is interested in science?
Despite that interest, it seems is not easy for the reader to find science information in the media. Do you think science has more impact in small, almost personal blogs such as Microsiervos, instead of in traditional media?
You defend the idea that it is not necessary to be scientist or a journalist to communicate science, as is your case. But what qualities do science communicators need?
You decided to create your project as a web portal. However, is it difficult to fund a science and technology blog on the Internet?
Andrea González Garrigas. Journalist.
«When you decide to write about science because you like it, because you feel real passion for whatever you are talking about, everything goes with the flow»
«Only a tiny fraction of science information gets to traditional media. On the Internet, however, you can find everything about science.»