Yes, you read that right. I’m back to posting on Far Beyond the Stars! (Update: I’m referring to the blog now known as Science at Your Doorstep.)
Call me crazy, everyone, but I can’t help myself.
I was just checking over my stats. Looking at all the hundreds of views my posts here have gotten over the past four years. Reading through the names of the nearly 200 followers who have stuck with me this long.
Can I really abandon that?
I think not.
You know…it occurs to me, I only left this blog because I wanted to set up a more clear brand. But I shouldn’t have tried to be anything different from what I am. I’m a science blogger at heart, aren’t I? Nothing more, nothing less.
Some time ago, I published a poll on this blog asking what my brand was. It asked you, based on this blog’s layout, title, and header image, what kind of content you expected from me here. The answer was unanimous. Science posts.
And somehow, I managed to be disappointed.
At the time, I wanted my blog to be more than science. I had somehow convinced myself that I had oodles of non-sciencey things to say and no one was reading them. I wanted to start over, this time with a new brand. Activism, not science.
Ahem. Not science? What kind of writer did I even think I was?
What kind of posts are the majority here on Far Beyond the Stars? Science.
What kind of pages are the majority here? Science.
What kind of stories are the majority here? Science fiction.
Okay…um…as a science writer, I don’t know how I managed to avoid crunching those numbers.
Everyone—you were right. Science is my brand. I left you for For the Love of Facts and, exactly one year in, decided to narrow my focus from five different topics down to—yes, you guessed it—science.
I left you for a blog where I would, eventually, write the very posts you had been so eager to read, day after day, month after month, year after year, faithfully and without fail.
I’m lucky none of you have left me. I checked, and this blog still has the nearly two hundred followers that I earned over the course of four years. I didn’t deserve that.
But I want to thank you. For sticking with me, for holding on when I lost my direction, and for knowing all along what I was, from the beginning, meant to write. I love you all, and I’m sorry for leaving you. But I’m back now.
I’m posting again on Far Beyond the Stars. For good, this time.
Now, here’s a few things that are going to change.
I’m going to narrow my focus down from posting about everything under the sun to just the science posts that you and I both want. I’m going to get a custom domain name, because the url—scienceatyourdoorstep.wordpress.com of all things—is one thing that drove me away in the first place.
(Update: For the sake of clarity, that new url is ScienceAtYourDoorstep.com)
Want to read my other stuff? I won’t stop you. I’m going to export it to For the Love of Facts, which will—yes—be renamed to suit its new purpose, so that it’s all still available and so that I haven’t started up that new blog for absolutely nothing.
(Update: “For the Love of Facts” mentioned above is now “Old Content Archive.”)
Want to follow me? Please do! I’m back at this blog, and I’m not leaving again, and if I want to shake things up, well, I’ll just shake things up, won’t I? Not just leave like some toddler throwing a tantrum.
Maybe I’ll set up a posting schedule. Maybe I won’t. It all depends on what I want to write. Because I know I’d be a fool to order the muse around now.
Thanks for sticking with me for four years, and I look forward to many more years to come!