After some years on Usenet newsgroups, commenting on other people’s blogs, writing diaries on campaign blogs and places like DailyKos, I finally started my own first blog on this date in 2004. Compared to a bunch of my friends, eight years of blogging makes me a relative new-comer. But I understand how eight years might seem like eternity to those who just started.
Eight years is sufficient time for a blog (and blogger) to undergo quite a lot of changes. I started out writing about politics. Moved to science later. Now I split my time about halfway between science communication (and other thoughts on the media) and science itself. My blog split into three blogs in early 2005, then re-fused back into a single blog – and got a new name, “A Blog Around The Clock” – in June of 2006, when I joined Scienceblogs.com. After #PepsiGate in summer 2010, I moved the blog to WordPress, and, once we launched here at Scientific American, the blog moved here as well. And while this is still my personal blog for my own musings, I tend to spend much more time managing the network, editing posts for Guest Blog, Expeditions and The SA Incubator, and using other outlets, online and offline, to promote science, science communication, and more.
Blogging did a lot for me – I now have a big online and offline community, lots of friends, invitations to travel, and I got two jobs (including this one) directly due to my blogging. I still do not understand exactly why – I never suffered from Impostor Syndrome during my ten years in research, but have it badly as a writer, blogger and editor. Still bewildered that people take time to read my 40,000-word screeds! But thank you all for doing it, for whatever reason you do. And thank you for supporting me all these years – it’s now time for payback (or is that ‘pay-forward’), welcoming new people to the community, promoting new bloggers and writers, helping other people succeed. I have no intention of ever stopping, so please come by every now and then and say Hello.