New Year, New Look, Big Changes

After two years of running the Read More Science blog for popular science book reviews, I find myself leaning in a different direction. I spent a lot of time considering this decision, and I’ve decided to change readmorescience.com from a blog for book reviews to my personal website as a science writer, so I can focus on other things.

For a long time, I’ve been on falling further behind on book reviews I owe to authors and publishers who’ve sent me copies of their books. This is stressful, especially considering how much I love to read and how frustrated I am that I can’t make more time in my life for it. As a working student, and then working multiple jobs with COVID-19 going on and my leave of absence from school, book reviews fell to the wayside. Every time I tried to revive the blog or gain traction, I lost my footing. I couldn’t keep up.

Rather than continuing to stress over it, I’m changing my approach. When I have time to review books, I will review them. I am trying to make my way through my current stack of review copies waiting to be read, and then I will be accepting much fewer books for review. In the meantime I am focusing on growing my portfolio as an amateur science writer and journalist. As much as I would like to do everything that is on my list of aspirations, sometimes I have to prioritize other things.

If you enjoy my writing, you may be pleased to hear that I was invited to write more frequently for Medium. I highly encourage you to consider the platform’s monthly $5 subscription, as your visits to my articles as a member result in pay for myself and other writers. There is a lot of great writing being published there, and I find it much more enjoyable to scroll through the site’s many interesting articles rather than
“doomscroll” on social media.

Speaking of, my social media is also taking a new direction. Rather than growing the Read More Science brand, I am refocusing on simply being myself — a young science writer with a love for reading nonfiction. If you’ve followed along with my year on Twitter, you may know I had a few rough patches. I appreciate the support and kindness my readers offered during those difficult times, and I am actively working to become a more professional, more patient person who advocates for kindness and empathy in every social media interaction.

It’s a challenge I fail at every day, but in this age of cancellation campaigns and the popularity of put-downs and cyberbullying, I won’t stop trying. I am refusing to participate in that negative culture anymore, and I regret having participated in it when I first developed an audience on Twitter. Social media is what we make of it, and I aim to make it a more positive and productive aspect of my life so that my presence has a good impact on others.

I hope 2021 brings more good things into your life as well as my own. After such a long and difficult year, we certainly need it. I plan to practice gratitude and focus on cultivating contentment with my life. I hope you find satisfaction in your own as well.

Onward and upward,

Sarah

Published by Sarah Olson Michel

Science writer, book reviewer, and cat enthusiast.

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