Two days ago, I got my lovely copy of the splendiferous new book Science Blogging: The Essential Guide. I immediately commenced to reading it, annotating it, and beating the hell out of it.
So far, my biggest takeaway is: I gotta get this goddamn blog on a consistent schedule.
(Also, the authors of the book– who I collectively consider to be the closest thing science journalism has to The Order of the Phoenix– point to a lot of trends I’ve noticed and writing strategies I’ve realized are helpful, which is pretty darn validating.)
So from now on, come rain, come shine, come snow, come sleet, Thursday 3:00 pm is my deadline for hitting publish on a new post.
Even if I have a bunch of assignments (*fingers crossed*) or get kidnapped by a Remote-Control Christmas Pterodactyl and end up having to throw together a housekeeping post like this one, I gotta post. (Hold me to it, mmmkay Tweeps?)
I’ll also be redirecting a lot of my meta-ramblings about writing, journalism, and the state of the non-sciencey world to my Medium account, so follow me there.
Of course, I won’t be dropping the “Personal Response” sections from the recaps, and I will be adding a new blog column called “Pitch Imperfect” where I share science stories that I pitched as science news stories but didn’t quite sell. The 1st “Pitch Imperfect” stories will involve octopuses, a thing I call “epigenetic calculus”, and an inside look at the “sacks of grease” that enclose our cells, so keep an eye out!
The number of events I’m able to add will vary depending on my assignment load. I usually add events over the weekend, although that can change if I’m away at a conference.
If you’re into crashing talks in Boston, Fred Hapgood also posts a truly excellent list on his site! (His list tends to skew more toward engineering & physics, while I skew toward biology, but the overlap is huge.)
I gotta get back to my pitches, but be sure to check back for futureThursday posts.