My gratitude to you, my readers, is inexpressible for sending me to London for the Nature Network Science blog conference. This was an amazing gift and I was so thrilled to meet so many amazing scientists who write so eloquently about their craft, their careers, and their personal lives for the purpose of educating and enlightening the public. This experience was exciting and inspirational and it meant more than I can ever say to be able to talk openly about blog writing with scientists. Throughout the next week or so, I plan to transcribe my notes from the presentations for you to read, and to write up my notes from some of our lengthy discussions in local pubs for how we could move science blog writing into a new realm of credibility and respectibility in the eyes of the public and especially, academia. I hope these ideas will generate discussion with you as we all seek to elevate the status of science blog writing from a secretive activity into a vehicle for better communicating about our science with people who otherwise do not have access to this information.
After this conference, I am ready to return to America, recharged and refocused on my own miniscule place in the ongoing river of scientific thought that I have been able to carve out for myself. I have no idea how I will manage to return next year, but returning for next year’s Nature Network Science Blog Conference is one of my top priorities, as is figuring out how to afford visiting Europe. (I have several open invitations to return, and was also invited to several other science conferences while I was here, although I was unable to accept those invitations due to my limited time here).