As we close out 2013, we also mark a year of posts to this blog (which we have nicknamed “P3”). We want to thank you, our readers, for supporting The Science Writers’ Handbook, and participating in discussions with us in the comments, on Facebook and Twitter, during virtual mentoring on Google+, and at book events and conferences this year. To close out the year, we wanted to share several of the posts you read and shared most:
- In February, Michelle Nijhuis (bio) gave us a peek inside her packing strategy for reporting trips with six tips for traveling ultralight.
- Freelancers constantly struggle with waiting after we send a pitch, and sometimes we don’t get an answer at all. In April, Monya Baker (bio) provided pro tips from her experiences as both an editor and a writer about what might have happened and how to maximize your chances of getting an answer.
- Recording technology constantly changes, but Rob Frederick (bio) has provided a post about recording phone interviews that continues to be a resource for journalists everywhere.
- Networking is necessary, but some writers hate the word. This multimedia post by Cameron Walker (bio) encouraged us to put your best face forward, even if our natural inclination is to crawl under a rock.
- Part essay, part advice, Monya reminded us in August that for humans writing is hard. Those who can crank out beautifully formed features quickly are Crab Nebulans.
- Finally, for laughs, we close with with Brian Vastag‘s (bio) post about taming his feral freelance life to take a newspaper job.
In 2014, you’ll notice a few changes. First of all, we’ll be posting two times each week. You can expect a new dose of your P3 prescription on Tuesdays and Fridays starting in January.
We’re also adding two new features to the blog next year. In the spirit of fostering tribal support for science writers everywhere, we’ll be introducing The Tribes Report, where we’ll feature other writing tribes and their traditions. If you’d like us to feature your science writing group in an upcoming post, please contact us or send a direct email to Kendall Powell (bio), SciLance’s founder and our Tribes correspondent.
We also plan to include regular conversations with a variety of science writers. Our recent conversation between Liza Gross (bio) and Peter Aldhous is an example of what you can expect to see more of next year.
Happy New Year, and we’ll be back on Tuesday, January 7.