Hello blog followers. It’s been a long time. Looking over my stats today, I was pretty horrified to see I’ve only published a whopping 4 times this year. I don’t have a very good excuse.
2019 was certainly professionally busy, but not more so than in years past. Probably the biggest reason for my absence is that I am sinking considerably more scicomm time on places like twitter and Instagram, and it doesn’t leave a lot of room for blog articles. Which is a shame, because that’s where some of my best science communication has happened.
I also think that because I’ve historically treated the blog as a place where I only publish researched, 800 word articles, I’ve been hesitant to just send out quick updates a la a more traditional blog. But since at least some of you don’t follow me on the other platforms, you end up missing a lot of stuff.
Like, for example, did you know I published a short fiction story about crows (a very specific crow to be exact) on Audible this year? I did! And I’m damn proud and excited. And as followers of my writing, you all are probably among the most interested audience for that kind of material, and I didn’t even tell you.
So take this as a vow that 2020 will be better. I already have a ton of ideas for new articles, at least some of which will come out before the end of the year. Teaching an ornithology class has vastly improved my arsenal for communicating some pretty cool bird biology through the vehicle of corvids. Oh right, did you know I am no longer a postdoc but a lectuter at the Unviersity of Washington? Yeah, we need to catch up more.
Thanks for your patience and continued readership.