Monday, 4 April 2016

2 years on...

Ahh! Happy two year anniversary to Mind the Brain!

When I started this blog I had no idea of how it would affect, or even be affected by, the big life choices I have had to make in the previous two years. For example, my plans for after university have completely changed - when I first started this I was interested in scientific publishing, which then changed to science journalism, and then changed again to science communication. I do believe those choices were affected by my writing of this blog. I will now be studying an MSc in Science Communication next year and I can't wait!

This blog has also shaped my life in other ways - I feel so much more confident in my writing ability and general knowledge of neuroscience current affairs. Because of this I felt comfortable enough last year to apply for roles within my university's radio station (Fuse FM) and take on reporting roles with my university's newspaper (The Mancunion). Anyone who knows me also knows I have struggled pretty seriously with public speaking before, so the fact I am now a presenter on a neuroscience radio show speaks volumes for how much of a confidence boost writing this blog has given me!

In the studio for with my fellow 'Brainwaves' radio babes Tori and Georgie, presenting
the show for neuroscience news and funky tunes!

My original plan for starting this blog was basically to use it as a way to keep up with neuroscience news stories, whilst also being able to practice my writing skills. I am so glad I followed through and made this blog! I now feel like this blog is a great way to talk openly with readers about neuroscience-based topics, in a familiar and accessible way. Hopefully this came across in the recent 3-part series I made on neuroplasticity, which acted as part of my Final Year Project for my university degree! Find parts 1, 2 and 3 here if you're interested.

I genuinely believe that any of the opportunities I've had in the past two years would not have been available had I not decided to start this up. To be completely honest, the fact that anything has come of this blog is partly because it has been mildly successful... which is entirely because people have actually taken the time to read it. Even gaining just one subscriber is a big deal to me!

Sooo, to anyone who has taken the time to read, comment, like and share posts... I appreciate it so much!! I find it really hard to believe that people are actually interested in what I have to say, especially when the topic is neuroscience, and especially after two years of me posting about it.

I am so so so grateful to anyone who's taken the time to read this blog. 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! 

Please let me know in the comments if there is anything you would like me to write about in the future :)


  1. So glad I came across this today - very happy anniversary! I do enjoy randomly checking in and have learned a lot. I don't have a science background but do find it all very interesting. I actually bought one of Oliver Sacks' books having heard about him thru your blog (halfway thru it now). So thanks very much, keep up the good work - and happy anniversary.

    1. Thank you so much!! I'm so happy to hear that you are reading one of Sacks' books - he's my favourite neuroscientist, and I love his books as well. One of my previous posts was actually a review of his book 'Hallucinations'!

      Thanks again for your comment :)

  2. Happy anniversary to your blog! Great to hear you're still loving blogging as much as you did in the beginning and it's lead to greater things :)

    Ruth | Ruth Writes

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post :) x

  3. Congrats on your 2 year bloggiversary!! I hope it continues to do well for you :-)