Well, shoot! I've been completely caught up in book writing, the "definitely maybe" discovery of the Higgs boson (or a "Higgs-like particle"), and the discovery of one strand of the dark matter filaments thought to connect galaxies and help shape the universe. So I completely forgot that today is the first anniversary of the Scientific American blog network. I am sending some mea culpa virtual flowers to Bora in apology for my absent-mindedness....

Seriously, it's been a fantastic year, and I remain honored to be part of this network, surrounded by stellar blogging talent (spurring me to up my game) -- who also happen to be world-class human beings. But while I've gotten to know my fellow bloggers, I'd like to follow the lead of my cohorts and encourage all you readers to de-lurk and introduce yourselves -- I believe Ed Yong started the practice, and it's a good one.

1) Tell me about you. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? If so, what draws you here as opposed to meatier, more academic fare? And if not, what brought you here and why have you stayed? Let loose with those comments.

[Note: If you're a first-time commenter, your comment will be held for moderation, but once approved, you're in, baby!]

2) Tell someone else about this blog and in particular, try and choose someone who's not a scientist but who you think might be interested in the type of stuff found in this blog. Ever had family members or groups of friends who've been giving you strange, pitying looks when you try to wax scientific on them? Send 'em here and let's see what they say.

3) We're also interested in whether you found us, or regularly follow us, through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and/or other beyond-RSS mechanisms. [I use all three as well as Google Reader for my RSS feeds -- yeah, still kickin' it old school.]

Looking forward to another great year. Happy anniversary, lovely blog network!