Important Administrative Update


So…you guys know how I just kinda took all my content down and told you it would take more than a year for it to all go back up?

I guess I derped.

Turns out there was a really simple way to fix the widespread content issues I was having, and I didn’t even see it. Honestly, it is just like me to try to do something the hard way first, and not even see the solution staring me in the face.

So all my blog posts are going back up.

That doesn’t mean I’m not going to be doing some intensive project work! I’m still going to be going through each post and editing, improving, etc. But now it’s all going to be available while I do it.

Sorry for the crap I just pulled on you guys out of nowhere–I hope you can forgive me!

(Does making the whole blog available to you again count as an olive branch?)

Anyway, thank you for your continued patience, and I hope you continue to enjoy Science at Your Doorstep. I really appreciate you all, more than you know. 🙂

Okay, people…I know what you’re thinking.

All my posts seem to be down? The website is a shadow of what it used to be? Where’s all the content?

Don’t worry, it’s all coming back!

I’m working on some important website maintenance, but I was so tired last night I dropped the ball on letting you guys know right away. Sorry about that.

So…let me break down what the heck is going on.

What’s happening?

  • I’m rewriting all posts to reflect both my current writing style and the improved, holistic understanding of the subjects I have developed from writing so many of them.
  • I’m editing, replacing, and redrawing all images and diagrams to create a unified style across the blog.
  • I’m implementing sweeping organizational changes–but these will be purely on the administrative side. You probably won’t notice the difference. It’ll just get easier for me to maintain the blog as a whole.

How long will this take?

Probably about 13 months. That’s my estimate based on working full-time, having only two days a week at my disposal, and having roughly 2000-3000 words and 10 images to work on during those two days.

What’s available right now?

When will the rest be coming back?

As I go. My goal is to republish two posts a week, in chronological order, for the next 13 months.


Trust me–it’s necessary. There’s a lot of organizational and content issues painfully visible to me on the administrative side of things. I’m tackling a project I’ve put off for a long time: wrangling this blog into shape. This is a massive undertaking and an inconvenience for my audience, but it will be so worth it!

Why is this even going to take so long???

Er…sorry. 2K-3K words and 10 images a week really doesn’t sound like much when I have 50 times that published right now, does it? The words probably won’t be a problem–it’s the images that’s getting me. I’m not very artsy, so recreating everything to build a unified visual brand is a bit of an endeavor. I have zero art skills, and quite the learning curve ahead of me.

Are you sure it’s necessary?

Yes–because I want to deliver you guys the best content possible! I swear, this project is entirely intended to make Science at Your Doorstep more manageable for me in the long run!

I want to thank you all so much for your continued patience. It means so much to me. And I’m going to do my best to keep you continuously updated on any progress not obviously visible on your end. I’ll be updating this post, in particular, with what’s available to view, and it will be stuck to the top of my homepage in the meantime.

I’m sorry to spring this on you so suddenly…but the good news is, I will (ironically!) be publishing more science posts during this project than I have in the last few years! And the aim is to make it a lot easier to keep doing so after this is done.

Thanks for sticking around! 🙂

Just Checking In

Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your patience. The last few weeks I’ve been getting back to the novel I’ve been neglecting for at least a year, and doing something I love that’s just for me has really helped me get my energy back. I also started a personal blog to anonymously talk about what’s bothering me and connect with support, so I’ve been working on that. And I’ve generally been trying to get better about maintaining a work/life/SLEEP balance.

However…recently when I was at work and had no access to my novel, but things were slow and I had some time, I whipped out my astronomy textbook on Kindle. And I that got me really excited to come back—even more so than I was when I posted that lunar eclipse post. So I’m hoping to start publishing some more posts this “weekend” (Tuesday and Wednesday). We’ll finish off black holes first, then move on to some awesome phenomena from compact objects. There’s some really crazy stuff that goes on in these gravity wells! And then we’ll move on to talking about our galaxy, galaxies in general, and cosmology. After that, we’ll switch gears and return to our own solar system, where we’ll explore the planets and the possibility of life elsewhere.

I’m coming back, and I’m planning to get a lot more active than before…so I appreciate you guys bearing with me while I get my work/life/sleep/mental health balance figured out 🙂

Science Questions, Anybody? (#2)


Most of the time, when I publish posts on this blog, I choose a topic and write about it in the hopes that you’re curious about it. But I also want to know what you are curious about—always.

I want to call your attention to the “Got Questions?” link up in the menu.

This link will take you to a page that invites you to submit a question. Anything about science, anything you’re curious about, just type it out and hit “Submit!” My door is always open, so to speak—that page will always be available.

I’ll still send out posts like this one asking for your questions. But I want you to know that you never have to wait to ask a question. Science is all about being inquisitive, and you should never have to wait for me to prompt you. But you can, if you want 😉

Anyway, this is another “Science Questions” post—you’re welcome to ask whatever you want in the comments below. I’ll address your questions in the order they’re submitted and let you know when the post is published.

And please, by all means head over to my “Got Questions?” page. I want to know what you’re curious about. I want to answer your questions. Most of all, I want this blog to be a place where you feel free to wonder. A curious mind is a healthy thing!

Remember, everyone—there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. I promise to answer anything you ask to the best of my ability.

Questions, anyone?

Science Questions, Anybody? (#1)


I want to try out something new. Up until now, for every post on this blog, I have chosen a topic and written about it in the hopes that you’re curious about it.

This time, I want to know what you are curious about.

You’re welcome to ask any question about science. No matter what it is, I will do my best to answer it. If I don’t immediately know the answer, I’ll research it. And remember—there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.

Just leave your question in the comments below. If you’re not a WordPress user, you’ll need to enter your name and email address, but I’m the only person who will ever see your email.

I will answer every question that’s asked. Depending on how many there are, I’ll either answer them all in a post coming up soon, or I’ll answer one in each of a series of posts to be published over the next few days.

If you think you know the answer to your question but aren’t quite sure, you’re still welcome to ask it—and even let me know what you think the answer is! I’ll make sure to point out what you’re right about when I answer your question.

I’ll also reproduce the question and credit you (the name you use in the comment form) for asking it. Then I’ll answer your question in detail. If anything’s still not clear afterwards, you are welcome to comment again or email me.

All answers will be archived on my “Myth & Science” page, underneath the “Science Answers” drop-down menu.

I’ll keep comments open for a few weeks. But if you miss out on this first “Science Questions, Anybody?”, don’t worry about it. I’ll do this again sometime soon.

Questions, anyone?

Update 5/11/18: You can now submit questions through the form on my “Got Questions?” page up in the menu. The guidelines are the same: anything you’re curious about, I’ll answer. There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. I look forward to hearing from you!

General Update: Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

Do you think you recognize this blog, but the title and url are wrong? Are you wondering how you’re following it, when you don’t remember ever hitting the follow button?

That’s probably because this is the blog once known as “Far Beyond the Stars” at the now-inactive url: And I was once known as Perse Show, though now I go by my real name, Emma.

Now you’re probably wondering why I threw you all for a loop by changing web addresses, blog names, usernames, and basically everything else that identifies me, while still holding onto the same location of the web.

Don’t worry. I’m about to explain all that, and also how the aim and focus of this blog has changed and could change in the future. (Not much is different, just the way it connects to my life!)

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