I wrote an email into a podcast I listen to. They read it on the air. I turned red when I heard it. I talk to people and often don’t want to reveal anything. What am I reading? I read a great book recently called ‘The Nerdist Way’. It’s about improving my nerdy brain and nerdy life. I didn’t want to tell anyone but close friends that. I just did here. I’ve kept this blog anonymous (somewhat) but I just transferred the profile to my Google+ profile, so my real name will be associated with it now. The Science Careers journalist, David Jensen wrote a column about inflection points in careers that made the point that it’s critical to really explore the world to find new opportunities (career or personal life). To do that, you have to put yourself out there to be seen. I’m really trying hard to get comfortable with the notion of being seen and recognized. Like anyone, I like being acknowledged for good work, but I also am much more comfortable under my rock. Partly, getting out into the world makes me anxious. Partly, I don’t feel all that confident (though that’s changing- see above…I’m putting my name on the blog now- not a huge change since I share this on Twitter and Facebook).

This is the end of the year, so I guess I should make an aspiration for 2012. The big goal is to get out into the world and really explore. The particular goals I have, I’ll keep to myself. 2012, to boldly go where no one has gone before….


Author: Ian Street

Ian is a plant scientist and science writer relating stories of plant science and scientists on his blog, The Quiet Branches as well as other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @IHStreet.

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