A year ago today Occam’s Typewriter made its debut on the blogosphere and I published my first post at the new home of Reciprocal Space. It’s been a good twelve months. OT has established itself as a home thoughtful and lively writing with a great range of different voices.
I have relished the new-found freedom of being on a network that may be in orbit around science but is not rigidly tied to it. The new platform has brought a larger and broader readership, and encouraged me to widen my range of topics. My thanks to everyone who stopped by to read — and my special gratitude to all the commenters. Really. It’s the conversation that makes all the difference.
There have been some truly excellent discussions here in the past year. I think particularly of the ones triggered by posts on science funding, communication and publishing and those on maths, plagiarism and — an old favourite of mine — Bono.
Over the year, I have reported on the encouraging progress on libel reform, a campaign that hopefully will come to fruition in 2012.
And who could forget my relentless promotion of that movie? Ahem.
My publishing rate may have dropped off a tad in the past few months, in large part because of new responsibilities at work, but the appetite is undiminished. I have been spurred on again this week by the news that my post on James Joule has been selected for Open Laboratory 2011, an anthology of some of the best science writing on blogs from the past year (congrats also to OT Irregular Richard Wintle, whose posts on genome sequencing have also been included). This makes it four years in a row for me — an achievement of which I am inordinately and indecorously proud. Apologies.
On the same day that I found out about the Open Lab selection, I was also proud to see the publication in Structure of the latest paper from my group which reported the determination of the first crystal structure of the polypyrimidine tract binding protein. I started this project seventeen years ago. Seventeen. I guess I should try to tell that story some time soon…