So…. I think I should start this post off with an apology.
It has happened again where I have had to put the blog on the back burner whilst I focussed on other things that were more pressing and it has been basically two months since I last shared something on Soph talks science. So I am sorry for being away in case you were all sat there eagerly anticipating an update to pop into your inbox or onto your newsfeed.
There have been a few reasons why I have neglected my blog for a few months. It wasn’t for a lack of ideas of posts to share with you all because I have so many ideas right now I just don’t have the time to sit, write, edit, photograph, publish and then promote.
But as we are at the start of a new month which marks the start of the second half of 2019 also – seriously where is all the time going!? – I wanted to take the time to write a post about what has been going on in my life recently, hopefully get back into the swing of blogging and sharing with you some expectations of what you can expect to find on Soph talks science in the coming months.
So, let’s start with the boring, personal stuff that you guys may or not be interested in, but stay tuned for side hustle and Soph talks science updates a little further down.
Besides my one solitary post in May, since my last regular posting schedule, I have been on holiday, resubmitted my PhD thesis again – more on that headache in blog posts soon! – had two hen parties, more wedding planning, been to a scicomm conference – of which I will share highlights and tips with you all soon – organised another year of Pint of Science events and spent over 200 hours on a train travelling back and forth to work to name a few things. I also was a runner up this year in the UK Blog Awards Education category! All whilst trying to maintain the standard of work I want to achieve in the day job too, so I hope you will forgive me for taking a brief hiatus from blogging and social media.
Now we have got the boring stuff out of the way, time for the more exciting updates.
Behind the scenes I have been working on a few different collaborations that I can’t wait to share more details about with all of you soon. One is a science and art project featuring a familiar face to those of you who follow us UK scicommers on Instagram. I am working on a further collaborations with companies that I have been working with during the past year on generating more content. But there are two projects that I am working on that I am so so so so incredibly excited about – can you sense the excitement here?! One which is more of a long-term project looking to bring science education to under-represented communities throughout the UK and boost the exposure amongst those audiences. And the second combines three of my biggest passions – science, education & travel! Both are in the early stages but I truly hope they will become long and prosperous partnerships.
As for Soph talks science…. well I am hoping to get back into the swing of my blogging schedule again. I have so many ideas and so much information I want to share with you guys, I have just got to put pen to paper as they say. I will be trying to stick to my biweekly posting schedule, although with everything going on, I still might struggle, so I might have to reduce the frequency for now. But I am also going to bring back a monthly feature on my blog – the Cellfie of the Month. But this time, I want to make it a recurring opportunity for guest bloggers – so if you have some gorgeous images of cells you work with and you want a platform to share and educate about those cells and your research, then please get in touch through social media, or email so I can share more information about those posts – all links are at the top of the right hand column!
As for the rest of my content, I still feel like I’m in a bit of a muddle. I still have PhD things to share. I have new tips and advice about life after the PhD to share, and also general scicomm tips, product reviews and science event coverage. All whilst continuing all the other features I have started. So, you can see why I might be a bit confused. But for now, I need to embrace my inner researcher and experiment a little to see what you guys like reading best.
So, as you can see life has been a little hectic recently, and to be honest, I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon, so if the sporadic and infrequent blogging comes about again, please bear with me. It is not because I have forgotten about you guys or don’t want to write.
All the blog posts I have promised you will be written at some point. I am just not sure when right now. But if you have any other ideas or request of blogs you would like to see, please leave them below in the comments.
So, my quick ‘Hello, I’m still alive’ post turned into a bit of a rambling mess – ooops! But at least I have filled you guys in now and I hope you are eagerly anticipating what is next for Soph talks science!
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