Probably the best way to review one’s year is to dig through one’s blog’s archives and see what is written there. Our Blogs, Our Memories.
So, how was 2010 for me? Let’s dig through the archives together and see…. Of course, there are many posts there – I hit the 10,000th post about halfway through the year – and many of those are cool videos, quotes, announcements, linkfests, and a number of interviews with cool people. But this retrospective is more personal – what I did, what happened to me, what I thought (and how that changed over time).
January was, of course, all about ScienceOnline2010, the preparations, last-minute announcements, and then coverage afterwards. At the end, I wrote my own summary of the meeting, pretty long, and I think still pretty relevant for ScienceOnline2011.
February was really busy on the blog. The biggest event, of course, was the publication of the fourth annual anthology of the best writing on science blogs – Open Laboratory 2009.
I published a scientific paper and blogged about it.
I went to the AAAS meeting and made them uncomfortable with a post about lack of online access and other backward ways of defining who is media.
I saw Megalodon teeth,
There were three posts in a row about young science bloggers:
Very young people blogging about science and Very young people blogging about science – let’s welcome them and Explaining Science to the Public.
Finally, two more provocative posts – Why is ‘scientists are bad communicators’ trope wrong and Using Twitter to learn economy of words – try to summarize your research paper in 140 characters or less!
In March I was really on a roll with posts about old and new media. See Why it is important for media articles to link to scientific papers and New science journalism ecosystem: new inter-species interactions, new niches and What is journalism and do PIOs do it? And what’s with advertising? and What is Journalism? and Push vs. Pull strategies in science communication and the critique of a journal article about science blogging – Science blogs and public engagement with science.
I reviewed ‘Spring Awakening‘ at DPAC.
I was also thinking about conferences – see On organizing and/or participating in a Conference in the age of Twitter – and I did a radio show about organizing an interactive conference. Of course, as that month I just attended Raleigh Ignite and co-organized TEDxRTP.
In April I attended the WWW2010 conference which I subsequently blogged about. I also went to the NYC edition of The 140conf.
I reviewed a student rendition of ‘Rent’ at Duke.
Other notable posts from April include For the millionth time: bloggers vs. journalists is over! and Twittering is a difficult art form – if you are doing it right and More on mindcasting vs. lifecasting.
Probably most notable for April was that I actually did real science blogging again: Evolutionary Medicine: Does reindeer have a circadian stop-watch instead of a clock?
In May I was busy going to local book events and talks – Scott Huler – ‘On The Grid’ at Quail Ridge Books and Serious Gaming at Sigma Xi and Cory Doctorow in Chapel Hill.
In June I went to a vaccination meeting in Philadeliphia and blogged about it.
I reviewed ‘Bonobo Handshake’ by Vanessa Woods, ‘On The Grid’ by Scott Huler and ‘The Poisoner’s Handbook’ by Deborah Blum.
I got interviewed on topics I usually do not get asked so it is an interesting one…
And then, of course, a bunch of posts about the media, blogging and related stuff, e.g., The continuum of expertise and No, blogs are not dead, they are on summer vacation and Why is some coverage of scientific news in the media very poor? and Am I A Science Journalist? and ‘Going Direct’ – the Netizens in former Yugoslavia, altogether some interesting stuff.
And I tried to collect as many books published by science bloggers as possible.
That was the placid first half of the year. And then….then all hell broke lose! July was the time of #Pepsigate, #Pepsimageddon! The seismic event that moved around all the tectonic plates of the science blogging world.
I collected the PepsiGate linkfest.
Then I wrote my own post – A Farewell to Scienceblogs: the Changing Science Blogging Ecosystem – that really got stuff moving around. I heard it in good confidence that the post was read (as required reading) by students in at least two science journalism programs in j-schools in the USA this Fall.
That post had a few follow-ups that added more links, more information about the events, and more thoughts about the future: Thank You and Science Blogging Networks: What, Why and How (essentially a How-To-Build-A-Science-Blogging-Network manual).
A certain Virginia Heffernan wrote a bad piece on science blogging in NYT, so I collected the reactions.
And I did write some science as well – Are Zombies nocturnal?
And had a great guest post by Dr.Marie-Claire Shanahan: UC Berkeley Genetic Testing Affair: Science vs Science Education.
In August I continued the post-Pepsi series of long posts, with Links ‘n’ Thoughts on emerging science blogging networks and Branding Science Blogging: Cooperatives + Corporate Networks.
Two new networks launched – so I introduced Scientopia and Guardian blogs. This proliferation of new networks prompted us to build a new aggregator site – Drumroll, please! Introducing: Scienceblogging.org.
I wrote a science post – Food goes through a rabbit twice. Think what that means!
And wrote two ruminations: Why republish an old blog post? and Origins of Science Writers…but am I one?
In September I announced Some Big And Important And Exciting News! – my new job! And new blog. And new blogging network-to-be.
Speaking of new networks, two more appeared – PLoS Blogs and Wired Science Blogs.
I went to The Most Awesome Wedding and to the Block By Block conference and to see the Mythbusters – yes, I got to meet Jamie and Adam.
I guess I had enough excitement for the year, so October was pretty calm.
I did two interviews – radio: Skeptically Speaking show about Science Journalism and video: Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour 68: Taking Science Online.
And we announced ScienceOnline2011.
In November I gave a talk at Sigma Xi, which inspired a blog post – Blogging. What’s new? which in turn was the seed for one of my epically long posts – and my first Scientific American article – The line between science and journalism is getting blurry….again – that was already in December.
I was on a panel at the NASW meeting (you can scroll down this page to watch the video).
We opened ScienceOnline2011 for registration and had to close in 45 minutes as the conference was full! A little later on we posted some updates and a Thanksgiving message.
The big event in science in December was the brouhaha over arsenic in bacteria – so I collected a linkfest of the key articles and blog posts on the topic.
I went to NYC again and lived to tell about it.
I was interviewed by a Staten Island Academy student for their Extreme Biology blog – read the interview here.
And throughout November and December, I made sure that the Scientific American Guest Blog had good, fresh posts almost every day.
What does the next year bring? Who knows, but I am optimistic in many ways – personal, professional, global. Happy New Year everyone!
Bravo, my friend, bravo. You’ve been a tour de force this year.
A vintage year, to be sure.
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Maybe you’ll have time to send me & the kids an email in 2011?
I know you can forego sleep, but don’t forget to breathe every once-in-awhile 😉 …and have another great and productive year ahead!
I wish I had a year blogging under my belt. Great job!
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