This blog turned five years old on February 1st, and I completely failed to acknowledge that. My excuses were (in order of appearance): moved across the Atlantic, started a new job, was looking for a place to live, went to a conference, had my own birthday (older than five) and then didn’t have internet at home until earlier this week. I think I’m off the hook.
Nonetheless, here is a picture I painted a few months ago, that is somewhat related to aging and science, so it’s appropriate:
As I mentioned, I moved across the Atlantic, for the 4th time in my life, in fact. I now live in Cambridge (UK), and work for Development. I can’t yet say exactly what I’ll be doing, because the project isn’t up and running yet, but it will be fun and interesting. The one thing I did do so far was make sure that the journal is on Twitter, so we have an outlet for news that doesn’t directly go into the journal itself (eg. conference notes or retweeting things that others post that is of interest to the readers). It’s a lot more scientific than my own personal Twitter, so have a look if you like biology.
As you can maybe guess by the fact that I got the journal on Twitter in my first week, I got the job in part because I’m very familiar with the online science community, and that in turn is a result of starting this blog five years ago. No, blogging isn’t for everyone, and many scientists would rather focus on the experiments they need to do to secure their next paper/grant/thesis, but if you find yourself in a lab and realize that you would much rather talk or read about science than spend the rest of your life doing it, then by all means, start a blog! I’m not the only one for who this turned out to be an accidental, yet good, career move. I don’t know how long I can still maintain this blog in particular (I have two others) but I’m very grateful for what I got out of it. I just wanted a bit of an outlet for the cool science stories I had to tell, and it grew into so much more!
Happy birthday, easternblot.net, and sorry I forgot your birthday, but it’s also kind of your fault that I had other things going on this month…