Ground to Sky is now (roughly) one year old. I’m starting to think about the direction I would like to take this blog and some steps to raise its profile. It started out as a bit of an experiment after attending some sessions on blogging for science communication at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Assembly in 2013. One year on, the blog has 13 articles on the ins-and-outs of soil and atmospheric sciences and 3 articles on life as an environmental scientist in a UK university.
The aims of Ground to Sky as summarised in the early post back here are:
- Provide a series of non-technical background articles relating to the earth’s surface and the lower atmosphere
- Give an insight into what it is like to work as a scientist in the natural sciences
- Round up some of the relevant recent scientific news into ‘packages’ relating to topic and share some of the key challenges that face us as we seek to care for our immediate environment.
I think that Ground to Sky has been quite successful in producing number 1 on this list. There is probably more that I can do on number 2 and I haven’t actually attempted number 3 yet. I have the distinct feeling that number 3 is done to death elsewhere on the scientific blogging scene, but it may well be what people want to see more of. I currently try to keep on top of recent news in my area of science on my Twitter (also check out the ACTUAL project twitter for more built environment related news), but I think that more linkages could be achieved between my Twitter activity and here so watch this space.
This year I would like to aim for a more regular output to Ground to Sky and to increase readership. I will try in the first instance to aim for a 3-weekly output and see how well this works out.
Finally, if any of my few current readers have any suggestions for what you might like to see on this blog, please leave a comment.