3 Comments »Posted on Monday 27 July 2009 at 8:03 pm by Jacob Aron
In About Just A Theory

It doesn’t seem possible, but somehow I have been writing on Just A Theory for an entire year. Yes, on 27 July 2008 I introduced myself to the internet, and I’ve been posting daily ever since.

The site has grown from having a readership I could count on one hand, to getting thousands of visitors a month. Along the way I’ve been joined by friends from the science communication course at Imperial College; thank you Seth, Jess, Thom, Emma, Colin and Sam for everything you have added to the site.

Starting this blog is one of the best things I ever did. It’s opened a lot of doors for me – when people asking for writing samples, I can offer 365. I’ve written so much that the WordPress word count plugin actually broke – it ran out of memory. At last count, the blog was pushing close to 200,000 words.

People always ask how I manage to write every single day. The answer is simple: to be a science writer, you have to write about science. Posting something every day has definitely improved the quality of my writing, and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it. Even on those days when writing seemed like a chore, I often found myself having fun by the time I hit “Publish”.

Unfortunately, I’ve reached a point where blogging every day is no longer possible. I’ve still got another week to go at the Guardian, and my final dissertation date is looming with precisely zero of 10,000 words written. Rather than produce a token post every day to keep up with the quota, I’ve decided to go for quality over quantity.

I haven’t quite worked out a new schedule yet, but I’m thinking Monday, Wednesday, Friday with the obligatory Sunday roundup could work quite well. I’m hoping that there will still be something new on Just A Theory every day from one of the other six contributors, but they’ve also got work placements and dissertations to contend with!

So, things will change around here, but I think that’s inevitable as I make the transition from “science communication student” to “professional science writer”. I’ve still not got used to calling myself that, but I guess I probably should. And whilst I may be updating Just A Theory less, I hope that you’ll see my writing cropping up in other places as well.

All that’s left to be said is thanks to everyone who has read and commented on the site in this past year. Your suggestions, criticisms, and maybe even praise are all welcome at any time. I look forward to what the next year holds.


  1. 3 Comments

  2. Nice going – it’s very impressive to blog once a day for a whole year, especially when the posts require thought and research to ensure they’re of a reasonable quality!

    I’m only a fairly recent reader but the material on here has been good to excellent from what I’ve seen, and some is certainly worthy of professional publication (even more so when compared to some of the material out there at the moment!).

    I also like the regular blogging by a range of people; it’s interesting to see the different tone taken and the topics covered by the various writers.

    All the best for your professional work & the future of this blog as well.

    By David on Tuesday 28 July, 2009 at 3:20 am

  3. Well done! I started blogging about 9 months ago with the fond dream that I would post every 48 hours but it hasn’t quite worked out like that – I honestly don’t know how I would manage a post a day.

    By Neuroskeptic on Friday 31 July, 2009 at 1:39 pm

  4. A year isn’t it – yikes!

    Very cool Jacob – singular dedication.

    By Tim Jones on Wednesday 5 August, 2009 at 1:39 am

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