About Blogging Beyond

Welcome to Blogging Beyond.

As well as here at Blogging Beyond, you can find my writing on Occam’s Corner, part of The Guardian Science Blogs, and a few other places online.

Here is a brief biography of Blogging Beyond.

  • In spring 2008 I entered the Imperial College Science Challenge, with a response to the question “How would my knowledge of my genetic makeup affect my lifestyle?” You can read my winning response here. For the record, I stand by my answer today.
  • The essay that comprises my response won the Science Challenge and went on to win then Daily Telegraph/Bayer Science Writer competition in the same year
  • In the publicity surrounding these two victories, I was asked at least twice, do you blog? do you have a blog? you should have a blog! Right, I thought, maybe I should have a blog.
  • In October 2008, the first post on Blogging the PhD was published, and Blogging the PhD was born. At that time, Blogging the PhD was part of Nature Network.
  • In November 2008, my essay was published in Nature Futures with the title Birthday Surprises
  • In December 2010, Blogging the PhD left Nature Network to become a founding blog, and hence I a founding blogger, here at Occam’s Typewriter.
  • In the spring of 2011, I contributed to Seven ages of the PhD, a Comment piece that formed part of a Nature Special on The Future of the PhD. In Seven Ages…, PhD graduates from each of seven dates from the 1950s to the 2010s wrote about their memories of being a PhD student. I was the most junior contributor and the only one who was a PhD student at the time of writing. I consider this piece of writing to hold true as well.
  • I changed the title of Blogging the PhD to Blogging Beyond when I finished my PhD in 2013.
  • Incidentally, Nature Network was discontinued in December 2013.