Hey there! Thanks so much for your continued patronage. To be honest, I’m surprised that anyone still reads my blog after my year long hiatus.
A lot of things happened. I graduated from my program, losing access to my lab. After my brother passed away, I moved across the country and went to China several times. Right now, I’m having a hard time finding a job related to biology, so I’m working an office job in the meantime.
But all that’s irrelevant. The primary reason I stopped posting, was that, I lost sight of where I was going with this blog.
When I originally started, I was just posting random pictures from my life, interspersed with stuff like drawings, memes…etc. My life just happened to include a lot of morphology.
As time went on, the blog became more and more involved and “educational”, gaining “science outreach” status and thus drawing the attention of the academic and professional community. While this is a good thing, it also prompted a certain level of professionalism and quality, which I felt like I had a hard time living up to.
Now that my audience included not only tumblr users, but also government institutions, university professors and museum curators, etc, what do I write? How do I keep it interesting for both science professionals and general audience alike, and still have it be accessible? Should I strive for tumblr virality to reach more people, or write longer indepth articles that impart more information with less viral impact? Should I strive to educate at all? How much should I interact with the audience? Is it still appropriate to post interesting non-biology things or personal things?
These questions (and more),have kept me silent and conflicted for the past year. And throughout all this, I continued doing hundreds of dissections and skeletal prep, everything from chameleons, to tigers to sharks….etc.
I’m back. I don’t have any good answers, but not trying isn’t helping me. Moving forward, I’m going to try to strike a balance, between accessibility, audience, and purpose, and hopefully, I can still keep it MY blog, rather than a generalized anatomy/morphology infodump blog.
In the end, what I really want to do, is to reveal, acknowledge, and appreciate, this hidden world, that exists inside all living things. So beautifully alien, so intimately close and so breathtaking in its ingenuity.
Thanks again for your continued patronage…… lets go for a ride.
- Helen (ArsAnatomica)