I had only been blogging for four-and-a-half months when I got an e-mail two years ago today from someone named Katherine Sharpe at Seed Media Group in New York City. Seems they had started this ScienceBlogs.com thing a couple months earlier with 14 blogs, many of which I had already read regularly. I figured that Ms. Sharpe just wanted me for some reader focus group but after I read the e-mail again, it appeared that she was inviting me to join ScienceBlogs. We hung out the Sb Terra Sig shingle two months later, 9 June 2006, with a diatribe containing all you ever wanted to know (or didn’t) about my life story and secret attraction to media.
I really only started this blog to fulfill my need to be a public educator and health advocate and I never thought that more than 50 people were reading (in reality, no more than 50 people were reading on good days; it’s just that one was Katherine). Things have grown somewhat since but the best part of moving the blog here has been the larger audience, community, and the great readers and friends, in research and otherwise, that I have made around the world.
More broadly, Katherine was instrumental in the growth of this larger ScienceBlogs entity and its further expansion, passing the torch to medical journalist Virginia (Ginny) Hughes late last year. So, I guess I also have to thank Ginny for allowing me to stay here.
Katherine remains in a freelance capacity with Seed Media Group and is pursuing other projects. She is a tremendous writer in her own right and is editor of the remarkable 400 Words storytelling print and web series for which she has received recognition from Newsweek and Utne Reader.
So just as the first wave of ScienceBloggers has Christopher Mims to thank (now at SciAm), we in the second wave have deep gratitude and respect for our dear Ms. Sharpe.
Miss Katherine, I’m still not sure what you saw in this little ol’ blog in its infancy but I’m grateful for your confidence. Thanks both for your friendship and for this great personal and professional life experience.
Photo credit: Abel Pharmboy, 25 Jul 2006, at the offices of Seed Media Group, NYC – that is also Orac’s elbow sticking out of his lucite box.