2014 in blog posts

Happy New Year! 2014 was the first year that I made regular posts here on Social in Silico and I’m taking a moment now to review how it’s gone. You may remember that publicly sharing this blog coincided with me deciding to take a “sabbatical” to explore some of my work-related interests in more detail. Basically, I wanted to encourage myself to generate some visible outputs from the thinking and reading that I planned to do.  I hoped that this would help me to regularly gather and share my thoughts, and possibly also connect me to new people with similar interests.

Because my explorations reached into a few different (but related) directions, the remit of the blog has been reasonably broad – anything to do with online communities and the intersection of people, science and technology online. There are still a lot of things that I’ve read about that I’d like to blog – and I hope that I’ll find to time to write about these in the coming weeks – but overall, I’m reasonably pleased with my first year in my own online, public space.

So, here’s a summary of the posts from 2014, grouped broadly by topic. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting – more to come in 2015.

URLs of wisdom

Each week in the URLs of wisdom, I round up the links that I’ve read at the intersection of people, science and technology. These have included developments with social media platforms, discussions of big data, privacy and online identity, as well as tips and resources related to science blogging.

Considering Community

This is a new series that I’ve recently started that will be occasional posts focusing specifically on community management and working with communities. Expect more of these posts in the coming weeks.

Event planning

I wrote a three-part series of posts sharing tips for organising events with different event formats (plus an extra post listing science tweetups around the world):

Thoughts from community events that I’ve participated in

Online networks – and our interactions with them

Group behaviour online

Other projects

  • My friend, Eva Amsen and I also launched MySciCareer this year – it’s a site for first-person science careers stories. We’re always looking for more submissions so if you’d like to share your story – whether you stayed in the lab or ended up in a non-research role, please get in touch.
  • This year I also completed my first MOOCs – and blogged some reflections on the experience.

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