2011: A Year of Oscillation

My favorite image from the blog for this year: my cat Pascal discovers "Your Inner Fish" by Neil Shubin.

Since it’s nearly the end of the year, many people are doing year-end roundups and evaluations, so who am I to be different? (Here’s Jennifer Ouellette’s list, John Rennie’s, and Brian Romans’. I’m sure I’ve missed a lot posted in the last week, since I’m not following my regular reading schedule.)

I don’t mind admitting that 2011 wasn’t a very good year for me. I began the year working in a good teaching job, and ended it unemployed, unsure what my next step will be professionally. On the other hand, this blog has grown a lot, both in terms of content and readership: at this time last year (when it was called “Science Vs. Pseudoscience”), I called it a good day if I had more than 10 readers. It’s easy to forget that I haven’t really been doing science writing that long: I cringe reading some of my earlier posts (OK, most of my posts), but I’ll take that as a sign I’m improving and have room to continue to improve.

So, if I may be forgiven the self-promotion, here are two hopefully representative posts from each month of 2011. I may be fooling myself, but I think I see improvement over the course of the year:

It was hard to pick some of these, and I certainly ignored others to keep the list to 24 entries. In fact, let me cheat by including my entire Universe in a Box series at one go. I also didn’t count my most popular posts (“I Don’t Want to Write About Neutrinos“, “Was Einstein Wrong?“, “I Have No Sense of Humor“, etc.) simply because they already got a lot of hits, and I don’t necessarily think they’re representative posts. However, I hope you find this meager offering suitable, and I’ll see you all (virtually) in the New Year.

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