Happy First Birthday to Occam’s Typewriter!
And what a great first year it’s been! Having left Nature Network in July 2010, I was delighted when the December 9th, 2010 birth of our very own blogging network reunited me with my old NN friends Richard (who’s also responsible for setting up and running OT), Jenny, Stephen, Erika, Kristi, Steffi, Henry, Frank, and Austin (plus Heather and Ricardipus in the Irregulars!). I was also delighted to meet Athene, Sylvia, and Steve as they joined the family, and to meet the new commenters who’ve wandered over to my blog from other parts of the network over the last year. I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts over this first year, and I think between us we represent a very diverse set of experiences and voices. Plus it’s just so much nicer to be part of a group of old and new friends, in our own space, with no external constraints on our blogging or commenting…
The blogging highlight of the year actually happened offline, when on a trip home to the UK I finally got to meet some of the other OT bloggers (plus old friends Bob and Eva from the NN days too, of course!) I hope we’ll repeat this happy occasion many more times in the future, with the whole of the group included; I’ve yet to meet Kristi, Steffi, Austin, Heather, Ricardipus, Athene, Sylvia or Steve, which is just criminal, really.
It’s much harder to choose the online highlights; it’s all just been so much fun! I could mention all the useful advice and moral support my readers have provided, or the great political discussions we had around the time of the Canadian federal election back in May, the ongoing hilarity of the hockey pool, the discussions of PhD degree structure and thesis writing, the heated debates about cycling and other hot topics… but ultimately I think the post I most enjoyed writing was “How to impress your friendly local manuscript editor“, while my favourite comments sections grew out of the “Mal-entines Day” and “Geeky Grossness Gauntlet” posts. I know you’ll all have your own favourite posts and comments (GO AND VOTE!) from this blog and from the network as a whole, and I hope you’ll share them in the comments!
I can’t wait for Year Two!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OCCAM!!! I raise a glass in your honour!