B. My Blogging Story
I started blogging before I knew what blogging was.
Facebook has a “notes” function. It must have been more prominent years ago, because somehow I found it. When I wanted to tell a longer, funny story about my kids, or release some parenting frustration, I would write it up in the notes feature and then publish it. Friends would comment and we would have a good laugh together or we would commiserate. Essentially it was blogging. In fact, I’ve even used some of these notes for blog posts. For example, check out when Number 4’s leg was broken by her brothers.
It was serendipity
In 2012 we decided to move back to Massachusetts and I couldn’t find a lab job I liked close enough to where we were going to live. At the same time, I saw an ad on Bitesize Bio (BSB), a website that publishes blog style articles with tidbits about scientific techniques and surviving lab life. In a rash decision, I sent a couple of articles in and they were both published.
After we moved and I became a SAHM, I began to lose my mind a bit. So I starting submitting more articles to BSB and found I really enjoyed the style of writing. So much so, that I took the leap and launched Mad Scientist. Crazy Mom (MSCM). For me, MSCM was several things:
- A way to reach out to other parents and scientists since I wasn’t going in to work anymore
- A fun way to keep in touch with all the friends I made around the country
- A way to engage my mind and make sure I was still learning about my favorite science topics
Blogging led to other things and other blogs
So there I was, writing regularly for my own blog and continuing to submit articles to BSB. Soon, I was asked to become an ad hoc editor for BSB, editing articles submitted by other writers and posting them to their website. Almost simultaneously I was approached by Advansta, a company that sells products for protein researchers. They had seen my articles on BSB and MSCM and they wanted me to launch a company blog and WiKi. This led to stable, part time work and I started my little company, Scientific Pens, to promote my freelance career (unfortunately/luckily my work has kept me too busy to focus on promotion).
Since then I have worked for several other companies doing freelance writing/editing/research and have been promoted to Managing Editor at BSB, editing articles and managing social media. I have also broken off the “farm portion” of MSCM into its own separate blog, Five Maples Farm. Recently, I left the Advansta blog and WiKi in the hands of another very capable blogger.
My personal blogging rewards
I am not a “big-time” blogger. I don’t garner thousands of view a day. Most of my viewers are family and friends. But that’s ok. Writing helps me process things and it makes me feel connected to other people even though I spend the majority of the day alone. It also fulfills my desire to keep learning about new things.
Blogging does not directly earn me money. No one sends me on trips to blog about my experiences nor sends me products to demo. But it has gotten me noticed by other companies and led to freelance work.
And through my own personal blogging and blogging for other companies, I have learned a tremendous amount. This not-very-computer-savvy scientist has learned the intricate details of launching a blog from scratch, how to start and manage multiple social media accounts and the importance of SEO (search engine optimization).
It’s honestly a world I never thought I would move in. And it’s been a whirlwind of fun.
I’d love to hear your blogging story. Share it or a link to your story in the comments!
Blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2016 April A to Z Challenge. Come blog through the alphabet with me.
Photo courtesy of Nick Piggott.