Twitter: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The other day I turned on Twitter and was confronted with this tweet: "Your next 10 minutes would be far better spent meditating than reading your Twitter feed." — The One You Feed (@oneyoufeed) September 3, 2017 That morning I ended up spending only a few minutes on Twitter before turning it off to do…

Environment writer interviews: Abby Palmer

For background on this series, see my first post. So far we’ve talked with Rebecca Lawton, an environment writer based in California. Our second interviewee is Abby Palmer I initially met Abby on Twitter through our shared interest in nature writing. She was taking Sharon Blackie’s ‘Beyond Nature Writing‘ online course, and shared a lot…

Taking a few side roads

While I’ve written a few posts here recently, I’ve also been busy elsewhere and thought I’d share some of my posts that have come up on other blogs. Over at Canadian Science Publishing: 1. What is a scientist? A scientist is someone who wears a lab coat 24/7, right? Who speaks in a language the…

Scientists on Twitter? Heresy!

My latest post for Canadian Science Publishing takes on the unexpectedly controversial topic of scientists using Twitter. “Recently, Kirk Englehardt, Director of Research Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, posted two hotly debated articles: one on why more university researchers aren’t tweeting, and a second on whether Twitter can make scientists better communicators. We…

Riding the social media wave

Sometime in the last few days I passed 2000 followers on Twitter. I was keeping track because Paige Brown (@FromTheLabBench) wrote a great blog post when she hit 2000 followers, complete with a list of excellent Twitter etiquette tips. I’d recommend them to everyone – whether you’re just starting out or have been here for…