The start of a New Year is always marked by resolutions, good intentions and enthusiasm to take on new challenges. I am no exception when it comes to embracing these kinds of aspirations. Since last summer I have started to dabble in the art of blogging which seems to satisfy a personal craving to write. I love the process of putting words on a page and rearranging them until they convey a message or tell a story to my satisfaction. I suspect this is a built-in Celtic genetic trait – just think of all those ancient illuminated manuscripts like The Book of Kells. So I am blogging because I enjoy it!
In the course of my career I have written quite a few articles within the very conservative discipline of a scientific paper – introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion – but now I would like to try to take this a step further. However I recognize that the communication of science to different audiences needs particular competencies and skills. I am hoping that blogging will help me develop some of these skills.
In addition I have been so lucky to have had hugely interesting and enjoyable jobs working in research and environmental management. While driving home in the evening I can reflect on something new I have seen, read or learned during the day. For example today I read a paper on the ecological impact of non-native invasive species and saw a fabulous photograph of a long dangling lichen which looked like Santa’s beard. It seems a bit selfish not to try to share some of this information and experience with a wider audience.
Finally I have been looking around for a blogging training course that I might be able to fit in, so I am hoping to keep up with the #blogging101 assignments in the evening after work. But the new yoga term starts tomorrow night….