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 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,


Published by Sarah Olson Michel

Science writer and professional bookworm. Wrangling horses and microbes in the Pacific Northwest. Aspiring old cat lady. Genderqueer (she/they).

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