In early August 2012 I had announced myself to be a freelance science writer.
Funnily enough, I wasn’t actually doing a hell of a lot of writing. I knew this had to change.
Soul searching, brainstorming, self analysis, whinging and whining….then, I had a lightbulb moment.
Hi Kristin and James,
So I had an idea. It’s now turned into this.
Am I crazy! Is this dumb? OPINIONS WANTED
I like it.
(But you could/should occasionally force friends to guest post so you can have break or get flu or similar – though that said, flu would be interesting science).
I’d also post to website as well as Facebook.
I also approve. Not stupid or dumb, and could turn out to be a good reference or even a book, like a Mrs Beeton’s for science in everyday life.
Unsolicited advice: You may even be able to automatically post between wordpress/Facebook or view the Facebook entries on wordpress to save double posting.
And follow Prakky’s advice in terms of setting up a plan now so that you have ideas in advance. I’d write up a calendar and post ideas that tie in with the rhythm of the year – holidays, seasons, etc as well as covering chemistry/biology/physics/earth sciences/others so that you appeal to wide range of audiences.
Great, great advice.
From the outset, I created a calendar to map out ideas for a whole year of blogging. This was most valuable for preparing posts such as the ScienceforLife.365 12 Days of Christmas, Easter, Melbourne Cup and Chinese New Year to name a few.
Although I have pulled in the occasional guest blogger, the vast majority of the writing was performed by me. But I did cut myself some slack as required. On days where I was unwell, had a sick child or other commitments, I posted photographs or brief ideas, or delayed blogging for a day and posted twice the next day. Topics have been extremely diverse, although I must admit to tending towards the biological science, and steering away from physics.
Thanks Kristin and James, for your past and ongoing support.
[image of me wearing a Bridge8 T shirt, logo designed by James and taken from the Critical Thinking series of animations]