Hey gang, I hope you got the chance to read my first sci-comm piece for Massive Science Consortium. If not, check this link. As we went through the drafts, some sections were trimmed to make the article more focused. I’d like to share with you some of what didn’t make the cut for the published piece.
So I’m starting a blog. I’m putting myself, and my writing, out there on the internet for everyone. I’d say it was an epiphany, but it was actually an idea I’ve had bouncing around in my head for years due to my frustration with misinformation, unsupported claims, and undeserved authority springing from many health and nutrition websites. I don’t have all answers but I am confident that I have the tools and desire to learn and, probably most importantly, no particular agenda except that which is supported by evidence.
I committed to this blog idea about 6 months ago, but I didn’t want to jump into my favorite topics and half-ass it. I wanted to read, study, amass a bibliography, collect topic ideas, discuss the idea with friends, and really mentally map out what I wanted it to be. I got a library card, contacted some experts (a few of whom even got back to me!), and sought out papers and documentaries. It was a humbling experience; remember how I mentioned my frustration with misinformation, etc.? There’s also a lot of really good information available in many different subfields. I wish I had more time to devote to studying all of it.
Writing is a passion of mine, so it was almost inevitable I’d do something like this eventually. That eventuality has arrived, and it’s going to be a big challenge for me personally to make frequent updates and make it engaging. But I’m ready.