I've also spent a lot of time talking about my publications. It helps that I had a productive few years in my first postdoctorate in terms of publications with 8 papers in the last 2 years, 2 in review, 1 about to be submitted, and about 5 more in the works across various collaborations. However, I make a particular effort with the blogs on the papers as I know many of my friends and family aren't experts and can only understand one in every 3-5 words (apparently in some papers, my parents get even fewer) due to the specialist nature of some of our research. I'm still trying to get my first guest blog post from one of my colleagues who was the lead author on two of the most recent papers looking at felid vertebral columns. If anyone does ever want a copy of a paper, just give me a shout and I'll get you a .pdf as soon as I can.
|One of the Cat Survival Trust leopards having a yawn|
I like numbers so there has been a change from how I monitor visitors from just using the blogger details (about 18,250 page views in the last 2 years), and got Google analytics. It's only been active since mid-June but allows me to see better who is reading and what is being read. Each post still has a variable number of reads, but I did have two since June hit 1000 reads already. Unsurprisingly, dinosaurs do better than job search chat. In that time, I've had readers from 79 countries (I have regular readership from about 30 countries each month), with the USA being the largest readership and all 50 states and DC have had people read the blog.
|Readership of the blog since June from Google Analytics. Darker colours are higher numbers of views.|
What changes can people expect in the next 2 years? There will be a general winding down of cat chat as I move away from the project (although there is probably a year or so worth of research that I am involved in). That being said there may be one shortly about the outreach event we did on the evening 9 November where we carried out a postmortem on a cheetah that was donated to us via a museum for science and outreach. The animal had passed away at a UK zoo and we were lucky enough to be able to use its unfortunate death for science and teaching the general public.
|Picture preview of the postmortem. Myself in the middle working on the forelimb. Photo from the RVC link above, Photo credit: Oliver Siddons|
The blog is never going to become a massive thing like IFLS (which became click baity and designed to make money). I am going to keep posting my research and things that interest me. I am hopeful to get a few colleagues who I have worked with share their knowledge, particularly on collaborations where I am not the first author. I will do my best to make sure everything I publish is accurate and up-to-date, but feel free to call me out on mistakes or missed citations as I will happily update the blog accordingly.
Thanks again to everyone reading and do let me know in the comments if there are things you like/dislike or think I could do differently.