Happy 3 year anniversary to Mind the Brain! This anniversary certainly feels like it has creeped up much more quickly than the previous two, perhaps because so far this year I haven't been keeping up with posting quite as much - but I'm definitely going to try to change that soon.
As I've said in previous years, it's crazy to think how much this blog has had an affect on my life - and possibly how it has affected opportunities that I've had. This past year I've been working on my MSc in Science Communication, a course I possibly wouldn't have considered had I not found how much I enjoyed blogging and describing esoteric scientific topics to those who read my posts. Aside from my course, I've also been searching for jobs that reflect my interests that have piqued through blogging, namely science writing, editing and publishing. It's amazing to think that my future career path may have been partly decided by choosing to start a blog 3 years ago today.
It's also interesting to consider what point I was at in the previous 'anniversaries' my blog has been through - last time I wrote a post like this I was in my final year of my BSc course at university (which translates loosely as extremely stressed!), and had actually used my blog as part of my final year project. Since then I've graduated and started my MSc, completed various work experience placements, attended networking events, been selected from 1000s of blogs for 'best post of the week', and even progressed through to later stages of blog awards!
|Graduating from my BSc in July 2016.|
Making it to the second round of the UK Blog Awards 2017 was extremely exciting for me, and although I didn't make it any further I'm proud to have made it into the competition at all! The round I was eliminated from was based purely on voting by readers of shortlisted blogs - something I knew would be near impossible for Mind the Brain. Although I feel extremely proud to have reached 14,000 views, in the grand scheme of blogging it's minuscule! But, I never started writing this blog with the sole intention of gaining huge view counts or masses of comments. As I've written before, Mind the Brain started as a simple way to discuss and keep up with neuroscientific topics. Neuroscience is a pretty niche subject in itself, so it was definitely gratifying to receive comments on posts from people who didn't study the same course as me, or sometimes didn't even have a science background. Knowing from people's comments that they've enjoyed a post I worked hard on is much more gratifying to me than any number of views on my blog.
This cheesy post is basically just a massive thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read my blog, comment on posts, follow Mind the Brain's social media accounts etc - I'm so grateful! For the rest of this next year I'm going to be posting much more often, and hope to hear from some of you in the comments again soon. As I've noted before, I am still as interested as ever to learn more about the brain, and I hope just one person who has read any of my posts in the last two years might be inspired and feel the same way!