Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to Soph talk science
Happy birthday to me!
I cannot believe I have been doing this properly now for one whole year!
The time has gone by incredibly quickly! But I am still learning every day how to chat science better and portray grad school life with you, and I just LOVE what I’m doing even if this blog has to get put on a back burner while lab life gets busy. But I love it, and I love and am truly grateful for the opportunities I am getting from it too!
But, I do have a tiny little confession to make amidst this celebration. For the eagle-eyed readers amongst you, you might have noticed that there are blog posts on here dated earlier than 2016, so how can today only be the blog’s first birthday??
And you would be right. However, I can explain.
When I came to the end of my undergraduate studies, I was debating what to do next. Get a job or go into a PhD – you obviously know the answer to that debate. But at the time, my younger self was thinking if I wanted to get a job in science writing! I had NO experience, so I thought I could try and write a blog in the meantime to try and help with that lack of experience. I wrote a blog post here and there, but nothing that was really going to help me with any science writing experience. That was until 22nd July 2017. I made a commitment to write a science blog properly!
I have likened my blog journey so far to that of human development, so let’s take a look back at where my blog came from and the similarities to where each and every one of you came from 🙂
Stage 1 – The Conception
Human development starts with the fertilisation of an egg; the conception. The idea for me of writing a science blog was conceived in 2014 with my very first post So, where do I go from here?. This was the beginning of an incredible journey for both my science blog and also each and every fertilised egg.
Stage 2 – The Cell Divisions
We began with one cell! Or one idea! Now over a matter of hours (or a matter of months for my blog), one cell splits to give rise to 2 cells. Each of those splits in two to give four cells and so on and so on until we reach the 16 cell stage. Over time, the number of cells is multiplying and likewise, the number of different blog posts I tried out and published multipled too, starting with Are cancer stem cells ready for prime-time?? and What are stem cells? and finishing with Tennis ace to undergo stem cell treatment.
Stage 3 – The Blastocyst
Now you’ve probably heard me mention this word a lot before and that is because this is the stage during human development that embryonic stem cells are derived. The cells in the developing embryo continues to divide and grow in number, in the same way the number of blog posts for me continued to multiply. Eventually, the embryo will form the blastocyst consisting of an outer surrounding layer called the trophoectoderm, which will turn into the placenta for example, and also that group of pluripotent cells in the bottom of this picture called the inner cell mass – the bit that gets taken out to make embryonic stem cells. Now these pluripotent cells as I’ve told you many times before are going to create an entire human body, so each one of those cells at this stage has the potential to become any cell type that you find in your body.
My I won my first science prize!!! …. well sort of! post was my blog’s blastocyst stage! I realised that I could make my science blog into something amazing, and at this point I realised it could go in so many different directions. It could become anything I wanted it to be; a blog about grad school life, a pure science blog explaining big science news or a blog showcasing amazing scientists and their work. I just needed to decide what!
Stage 4 – The birth
After the blastocyst stage, there is still a long way to go and lots of development to do. Whether that be the formation of essential organs and limbs, or the development of a blog website, a logo and a brand – there was development to be done!
Then, on the 22nd July 2016, Soph talks science was born with Feeding time in the lab. From the initial idea, to the potential of what it could become, to the development of what it is today with this blog post, this was the big event to bring it into the world! But I’m still learning now, one year on! I am learning what things are good for science communication and what things don’t work, in a similar way to a newborn getting to know it’s surroundings and learning new skills.
So there it is! The development of my blog has been similar to how YOU developed in the first place, hence the old blog posts with a publication date of before 2016 and hence why I am celebrating on 22nd July!
See – you didn’t think you would learn any science in this post now did you?
Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you who has read, shared, liked, commented on and followed my blog over the past year. Thank you all for your support.
Soph talks science is still growing every single week which is so rewarding to see. I hope you continue to follow my scientist life through my blog and/or my social media platforms as I and my blog start learning some new skills this coming year. I hope you continue to learn with me and please please please ask any questions you might have, and there is no such thing as a stupid question so ask away!
So, I’m off to pop open the bubbly and eat that delicious looking cupcake to celebrate! And here’s to the next year of Soph talks science 🙂 Maybe for Soph talks science’s 2nd birthday celebrations we can learn about the science of cakes :p