Closing the Science Gap

by Colleen Davis on March 27, 2012

Thank you so much for reading my posts this semester!  I didn’t really know what to expect from this class.  I’ve always loved writing, but I’m more of a creative writer, and I wanted to jump into the realm of scientific technical writing.  Crafting a blog post each week certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone and threw me into the learning curve.  Here are the top three things I’m taking away from my experience at Mind the Science Gap:

  1.  Own It.  Let’s be real, pressing publish for a public domain is scary.  Every Tuesday morning, I opened myself up to candid feedback—and sometimes criticism–from readers.  Throughout the course, I had some hits (my favorite post to date is Pretty NEAT—Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) and some misses (Vitamin “D”-ficient, which I admittedly wrote in South Beach, hours into my spring break trip).  Good posts and bad posts, they’re all mine. MTSG taught me to own what I write, and with ownership comes responsibility.  I learned to be prepared and able to further explain and justify my writing.
  2.  Talk about it.  Writing for a blog is a two-way street, as I soon discovered during this course.  It’s pretty cool that we as authors can quickly receive feedback and responses from our readers in a blog setting.  I was always excited to see an email notification from one of my posts on MTSG, and many of the comments left me thinking deeper about the topic at hand.  Blogging allows us to keep the conversation and ideas flowing.
  3.  Leave the comfort zone.  I originally thought I would write only about nutrition, but as the course continued, I branched out into other topics as well.  One of my favorite posts, Flu Fighters Take a Break, has absolutely nothing to do with nutrition, but I found it fascinating to research and write.  It’s okay to step away from the familiar.

My Tuesday mornings (and late Monday nights) will definitely be a little more calm for the remainder of the semester, but I absolutely loved my experience writing for Mind the Science Gap.  Thank you for being part of the experience, and although the science gap is officially closing for the semester, I think my venture into science writing is just beginning!

MB Lewis March 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Yay, Colleen…. Hang in there! We’ll be watching you graduate in one month, right?!?

PF Anderson March 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

Love it! I especially love the parts about standing up for what you believe it, and continuing the conversation. You are so right about leaving the comfort zone. Saying something risky is often the best way to provoke a much needed conversation, and you picked up on the importance of doing so in an honest way, admitting that the topic is controversial and the answers aren’t all there yet. Bravo, job well done! Keep it up! The public need more scientists talking about what they do, how they do it, what they see & believe, what concerns them about science research, where their passion is.

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