First of all, what's a board? It's basically like a blog, only it's different in the sense that you don't have one or a handful of pre-approved people who are making posts. So, in a board or a forum, anyone can sign on. Maybe you have to make an account to be able to do it, but you don't have to know someone, you don't have to be, you know, one of the cool kids, and this is one of the things that makes boards better than blogs or potentially better than blogs for women in science because it means that you don't have to be part of the old boys' network to be on board.

And so then if you're on a board that gets a lot of traffic, someone who isn't well known can sort of get better known without having to do the whole ton of networking and work that it is to create a blog that gets a lot of readership.

That's one of the great things about boards for women in science. On the other hand, it also has a disadvantage, which is that you don't know the qualifications of the people who are making the posts.