I don’t know.
Paige asked some great open-ended questions in the manner of guided introspection to get me thinking. I realized that my original reasons for blogging included writing brilliant pieces that would help people understand science better – and maybe start to share my beliefs. (And yet I know that the deficit model doesn’t work from my training.) But being brilliant takes a lot of work – and time – so my perfect pieces didn’t magically flow onto the blog.
Why do I keep blogging?
I think this is a better question. I quickly realized that I was going to need time before I could eloquently explain my science expertise. Not just time in the day to do research and writing but the time to improve and hone my craft. And less writing means that it will take more years to get better. So what do I write about now?
- explaining misconceptions like earthing
- also some semi-private responses including GM foods I keep these off main page and navigation because the original posts weren’t fully public.
- explaining concepts for the medical students like mosaic vs chimera, apoptosis vs necrosis and [more (https://genegeek.ca/category/medgen/)
- sharing examples of outreach activities such as the murder mystery to explore the nature of science. My most popular activity is the video of DNA extraction
- sharing some of my travels. I have many more photos to organize but I’ve shared some from Antarctica, South Africa, Bhutan, [Thailand], Peru, and more.
- figure out and share why I might do certain things – like use the pseudonym genegeek
- provide space for others to share thoughts about chemical-free cleaners or get feedback on blood cancer videos made for class
- and anything else!
I’m trying to improve my writing but I’m also trying to document some of the things that I do, especially the outreach activities.
I’m not Ed Yong
Paige noted that many bloggers made this claim (including me!) and wondered why. I mentioned Ed Yong because I admire his work. Plus Ed started his science journalism as a blog when he had other full time work. Maybe that was the dream for everyone? However, I never worked as hard as Ed or have his talent so it was easy to see that I wouldn’t follow his path.
A better comparison for me is Chad Orzel, a physicist who blogs and writes wonderful books explaining physics. I’m also closer to Jonathan Eisen, a microbiologist who shares his research and expertise. And there are so many others! But as a perfectionist, I have to realize that I can’t look at the current polished work of others but just do what I can and I will get better.
Welcome to me
I like to do lots of different things – teach in academia, mentor high school students, do crafts, travel, and more – and I’ll use this space to share the different things. I now realize that although it is a bit scattered, it reflects me well.