Calling All Nerds: Lend Me Your Likes!

Like button FacebookSince the conception of social media sharing and networking, sites like Facebook, Twitter and the like have proliferated across the Internet like an outbreak of High School chlamydia. Aside from enabling you to stalk your office crush and remember your mom’s birthday, social media has become an exceptionally useful tool in helping dreams become reality and potentially profitable, too.

Why? Because Science is and always has been a labor of love and passion for me, and I’ve been fortunate enough to gather a tremendous following quite organically. Success, however, is no finite thing and so the next step has been the creation of WBS very own Facebook page, so that it can hopefully move to the next tier of success. Click on the following link to view it:

Ta-dah! Why? Because Science Facebook Page

Why Because Science

I need your help to achieve this success, but this can be a two-way relationship for us… If you take the time to check out the new WBS Facebook page and give it a hearty Facebook “Like,” I will personally thank you by recommending your blog to my 23,000 followers on the official WBS’ website page. All you have to do is (1) like the WBS Facebook page and (2) leave a comment under THIS post with your name and blog site. Please make sure the name you leave corresponds with your Facebook ID or else I won’t know it’s you. I’ll be publishing my appreciation on Wednesday 9th December and I’ll do it regardless of how pathetic the response.

If this all doesn’t work for you, here are three other reasons you might consider liking the new Why? Because Science Facebook page:

  1. You’ll get sexy servings of moist science in your box, I mean, in your inbox. Forget opening two illicit Internet windows at work – by liking this page, you’ll get frequent science updates on your Facebook wall, meaning you can spy on your ex and educate/entertain yourself at the same time!
  1. You can dilute the vapid updates and puke-worthy declarations of love of your Facebook “friends” with sexy, entertaining science news, blogs, funny pictures and holy-crap-did-you-see-that? videos. You can even impress your attractive colleague with your fantastic knowledge on trending science topics and maybe end up lucky like this guy…

funny nerd picture

  1. You’ll be helping me achieve the dream of someday publishing a book, because a large following on Facebook motivates publishers to take long-suffering science nerds like me seriously.

That is all, thank you!


Author: Thea Beckman

Canadian born and South African raised, Thea Beckman AKA Wander Woman Thea, is an experienced travel, food, and wine writer and (amateur) photographer with a devastating love of all of the above. She is a travel bug, a bookworm, and mildly alarmed by how many arthropods she can be at once. When she’s not writing for a living and for pleasure, she enjoys bird-watching, reading, drinking wine, cooking, and SHORT walks on the beach because the summer southeasterly winds in Cape Town are a real bitch. Thea is the author of the book “Why? Because Science!” Facebook @WanderWomanThea Instagram @wander_woman_thea

40 thoughts on “Calling All Nerds: Lend Me Your Likes!”

  1. Hi Thea,
    first of all you’ll get my Like on facebook, because I really love this blog. I’M not a Science-Nerd but interested in Science and Stuff … well, you know what I mean.
    Second: Have you thought about going on Twitter? As a Blogger myself (allthough from Germany, but we’re all one big family, or something bla bla like that) I think, that Twitter is far better for bloggers, since Facebook only tries to get your money for advertising your posts, so 5 more people can see them. But maybe, that’s just my impression. Point is: I’m not often on Facebook, so I would love to follow your blog on Twitter. Any chance, that’s an option in the near future?


    1. I have thought about that and it would be the next step; however, I have been advised that Instagram is actually a far more potent marketing tool than Twitter! So, I thought that would be my next project. I am on Twitter as @TheaBeckman and I automatically share everything I post on WBS there, so you can always follow me if you prefer. Danke!


  2. Liked. I look forward to diluting the conspiracy theories, prayer requests, inspirational quotes, requests for donations from nonprofits to remind me that I’m too broke to actually donate to said nonprofits, and the 423rd reshare of the same gif from a movie I still haven’t seen. Diluting it with hot, moist science is even better, since my exposure to, um, other hot moist things is seriously lacking these days.


  3. Science is best when moist. Dry science isn’t interesting. “Like” delivered to your FB page, and here’s my blog… – where I also publish a bit of science (not all the time). People can never publish enough science, because human stupidity is unlimited and the war against it is endless.

    Keep up the good work & your great blog! And FB page! And the science book which you MUST write!


  4. No facebook page (sorry), but I do share your site on Google+ quite often (you know, that site that NO ONE uses (again – sorry)) but I do want to mention that this is my fav of this post:

    “Aside from enabling you to stalk your office crush and remember your mom’s birthday, social media has become an exceptionally useful tool…”

    Thank you for the breath of fresh air.

    Your posts being the breath of fresh air, that is. In case you were confused about what I meant. Cause it’s not that your posts are actually breathing out fresh air. Just clarifying.

    I’m going to go now.


  5. Thea, I’ve liked your page on FB (but in reality I LOVE your page)

    My Facebook id is Pat Sponaugle, if you’re verifying ( – and I’m delighted at your offer to recommend my blog to your legion of science readers. Science!

    My blog is where I write almost entirely about Game of Thrones (but not during the season. I watch the show then, not blog about it.)

    Best regards, thank you for all the great articles and science-LOLs and critical thinking and gently making fun of things worthy of being made fun of.


  6. Love your blog and I’m sure your Facebook page will be a huge hit as well! I have more followers on my blog’s Facebook page than my actual blog (probably because I spammed my close friends until they liked my page, lol). I have liked your page as myself (Lydia) as well as with my blog’s page ( I really appreciate your offer to recommend our blogs, that’s very kind of you! Here’s the link to mine



    1. Hey Lydia, thank you so much for your support! I have also spammed the hell out of my friends and family… they probably constitute 90% of my fans on Facebook, but I guess that’s what they’re there for! I’ll be posting my official “Thank Yous” on December 9th, so be sure to tune in!

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  7. like has been transmitted to your face book page, i really enjoy your post the scienctific concepts which are complex explained in a simple way, Thea how do you even that? for you to know it is unique check out my blog space FB marishaka Gachii


    1. Well Marishaka, having studied science at University for six years helps a little… but the ability to use words to explain is something is a skill I inherently have, kind of like being able to touch your tongue with your nose. It has, however, taken me many years of writing to hone my ability to where it is now and I’m sure I will continue to learn and develop my writing as I go along. Thank you so much for your “like” – I will be sure to recommend your blog!


      1. Thank you for the recommendation to be done, you are my mentor i am waiting for that moment when i will be capable of expressing these scientific concepts in a friendly way because people do not like technical.


      2. Really?? Oh wow! To be a mentor is such a compliment!

        I don’t think people DON’T like technical subjects… I just think that we’ve become a society with such a short attention span that whatever you do publish really needs to capture the mind and imagination almost immediately, otherwise people get bored and navigate away. A blog can contain technical information, but you need to present it in a way that is understandable to all, otherwise you restrict your readership – which is fine if you’re passion is technical. My advice is ALWAYS this and it comes from years of experience in producing content for the web (which is also my job):

        1. Include a lot of relevant/funny images and even videos – people like media.
        2. Keep your paragraphs short. Few people enjoy tackling large blocks of text.
        3. Include lots of sub-headings so that people understand the direction of your content.

        The first point is GOLD and the other two, very useful. I hope that helps and if ever I can help out with any more advice, don’t hesitate to ask!

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  8. This post is an interesting little experiment in itself! As of this comment I see that you have a healthy site following of 23,510 people, and 385 Facebook followers. How effective will your direct ask/offer be at growing your social media following? Well I do like your work so you’ve got one more ‘like’ from me!
    I share stories about my own little experiments and engineering lessons learned on my blog at


    1. Why thank you! My direct ask/offer has so far yielded me about 20 new Facebook likes. Kind of makes me wonder who these 23,000 followers of mine are! I can now understand why it is companies spend so much money BUYING likes/followers, etc. Doing it the old-fashioned way takes a considerable effort, but at least my support is genuine 🙂

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  9. My Yahoo ate my homework (aka – stupid email put the blogs I deem worthy enough to follow into my junk folder and I didn’t realize for over two weeks) so I hope I’m not turning in this assignment too late. Can’t wait to find out which posts of yours the Facebook gods will let me see! Tammie Painter


    1. Darn spam filters! Well, if you have liked the FB page and if you have liked/commented on/shared any of the posts it should allow you to see all of them. This social media thing is quite a bit trickier than I thought…


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