As someone with a non-scientific background, I sometimes find difficulty jumping into a new world and speaking the language of those who have already lived in it for several years. It's like someone asking you to play Mozart on piano when the only thing you know is "Mary Had A Little Lamb": You might understand intellectually how it can be done, but you have yet to acquire the technical skills to do it.
And yet, I do this with each new story. And I strive to do it more frequently than time currently allows. I do it because it is fulfilling to me to educate people about great new science. But I also do it to satiate my own curiosity. Through science writing, I've met a baby orangutan, spoken with an anthropologist whose ground-breaking work has changed humankind's evolutionary narrative, and got to play with kiddos at a non-profit whose goal is extracurricular science education. Each experience has enriched my own life, and my hope is that my work on these things has enriched the lives of others.
But beginning a freelance career on an already busy schedule can be difficult. Which is why I began this blog. I may not always be on assignment, but I strive to always be learning in my off-time about ecology, astronomy, medicine, anthropology, atmospheric science, geology, physics, and the rest of the gang. The books I read and the places I venture to are all things I'd like to share thoughts about. I don't want those experiences to be just for me. Even if I'm the only person who reads this blog, it's important for me to get those thoughts out.
I also want this blog to help me find my voice in science writing. I feel science education is too important a field not to work in. And yet, this is a recent interest for me. Could something else have been done to cultivate that interest sooner? Maybe. But if presentation is everything, I want to be a part of how that changes. See, I'm also a comedian. I consistently write and perform stand-up comedy. I want to merge these two interests somehow, and I think it's probably going to be harder than it sounds. I'd like break the notion that I had growing up of the stuffy, non-social, head-in-the-clouds scientist who avoids being around other people like I avoid having a manbun.
As I mentioned, I have no scientific background. I far from claim to be an expert on any of the things I will be writing about (least of which, manbuns). I'm just some dude with a million interests and a spot of Internet real estate in which to write about those interests. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I hope you enjoy my dumb thoughts and my likely poor attempts at being a science writer.
Thank you for reading.