The Soph talks science Best of 2018

This is the last blog post of 2018!

I seriously have no idea where this year has gone. It has flown by, been full of ups and downs but has finished on an absolute high. But to mark the end of this year and before putting my creative hat back on to think of new and better content for you all for 2019, I thought I would take a look back with you over your Top 10 most read posts on Soph talks science from 2018.

Let the countdown begin….

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Number 10 – Is the PhD journey just one long guilt trip?

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PhD guilt was probably the overwhelming emotion that stuck with me throughout the whole of my PhD, so this post was all about sharing my experience to hopefully let others know that if they are feeling the same way, then they are not alone.

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Number 9 – 24 inspirational destinations for science lovers in Europe

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All of you must know by now that I have a serious case of wanderlust and am always looking at flights or researching places I would love to travel to. So this post was the second in a new blog series where I was combining my love for science education and travel. This post as the name suggests features 24 suggestions from around Europe where you could be inspired by science. And is a feature I am going to continue in 2019 for other continents so let me know your recommendations.

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Number 8 – 17 science communicators to watch out for in 2019

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One thing I am passionate about is science education, communication and outreach and every science communicator out there does it in their own unique way. And each of them stand for different things. So, I wanted to celebrate some of the scicommers who I think are going to do big thing in 2019 so you can be following them and not miss out. As this post as also made the top 10 after only being published in December, I think I am going to do a few more of these recommendation list style posts. I’m thinking science bloggers. I’m thinking podcasts. I’m thinking YouTubers and so on. If you have any suggestions then do let me know too.

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Number 7 – How to earn some extra $$ during your PhD

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Money can be a limiting factor for people when embarking on a PhD. So, this post was to share some of the ways I earned a bit of extra dollar to give me a little more flexibility each month. But more importantly the skills and experience I gained from it too.

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Number 6 – 15 inspirational science day trips in the UK

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The first blog in my science and travel fusion series, but this one features the UK. The rest I have already shared with you. But this series has been one I have loved creating. I also wondered how many of the suggestions in this blog post I could manage by the end of 2018. The answer. Only 2. I took a fleeting visit to find The Eagle pub in Cambridge and The Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Check out the post to see why you should visit them too.

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Number 5 – Pondering life after the PhD

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For a long time I had no idea what I wanted to do after my PhD. My thoughts and feelings were scrawled down in this post. While I have now got myself a science communication job that sounds perfect for me, maybe you want to take a look at this post if you are feeling the same way.

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Number 4 – 15 tips for nailing your PhD application

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Now my PhD is finished and I am out the other side, I think I have lots of advice and experience I can share that stretches right back to the very beginning of the PhD journey: the application. I shared 15 tips on the application in this post – but I am going to continue with my PhD advice posts in 2019 and share tips about PhD interviews at the start all the way through to thesis writing and viva prep at the other end of the timeline. If you have any suggestions again and there is something you want to know more about, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

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Number 3 – #StrongerTogether. Why I love the Women in STEM community

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A post to celebrate International Girls and Women in STEM day back in February and responsible for my most successful individual day on my blog. It involves a collection of images from women in STEM around the world sharing something negative that was said about them, and also a positive one to show how that this community is so supportive and I cannot put how much into words. Hopefully it shows that no matter what is thrown at us, we will come out on the other side stronger.

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Number 2 – PhDLife. Staying Organised & Learning to Juggle

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Another PhD advice post sharing my tips on organisation and management; two essential skills for completing your PhD.

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Number 1 – Christmas gift guide for science lovers 2018

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And taking the top spot for 2018 is my Christmas gift guide. A hugely successful gift guide featuring over 100 suggestions for all ages, genders and backgrounds. While it says it is a Christmas gift guide, remember you can use it as inspiration for birthdays, graduations and everything in between.

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And that is a wrap!

Not just for this blog post, not just for this month, but for the whole of 2018. I have to thank every single one of you who has read, commented on, liked, shared, voted and supported me and Soph talks science this year. I have grown beyond everything I imagined this year but I could not have done it without you. So, I am truly, truly, truly thankful. I love writing this blog and creating content for my accompanying social media, but it is all made worth it thanks to your engagement with it. So thank you, thank you..

THANK YOU!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. See you all in 2019!

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What was your favourite post from 2018? And what would you like to see more or less of in 2019? All suggestions welcome as I want to create content that you all love and want to continue reading and sharing.

Check out the Best of 2017 too here to see some of your favourites from years past as well.

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Science love.

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