Hello Scientopia! I am so excited to be here blogging with you for the next two weeks! Today is my first day and I'm a little nervous but I'm just going to throw caution to the wind and put myself out there.
Perhaps I should start by telling you a little bit about me. I'm an optometrist and self-proclaimed science geek. I just love to absorb and learn everything I can about just about anything. I started blogging in 2008 but really got serious about it this past year. When I first started science writing I was doing it more for patient education. As an eye doc, I found myself answering the same questions over and over so I started to blog about the FAQs of vision science. As time went on, I began to blog more for me! I loved researching topics and found myself up curled up with a cup of coffee and my good friend PubMed quite often. After a while, I started to realize that is what blogging is all about. The joy of learning and sharing what you've learned with others.
But maybe even more than that, it is about just plain learning FROM others. Since I joined Twitter, I have been following some of the most amazing and awe-inspiring peeps in the science writing world. I love logging on everyday and seeing what they have to say and what they're writing about that day. I've learned a great deal! Tomorrow, I am actually going to the NYC Science Tweet Up/The Story Collider event (which I will definitely blog about on Wednesday, don't you worry). I can't wait to see some of the familiar faces from Twitter in person and maybe even get the courage to walk right up and introduce myself to a few!
Through this blogging experience, I hope to teach you a little bit about the amazing world of vision science. If you close your eyes for a moment now [close and count to five then open, I'll wait], you can begin to appreciate how valuable your vision is, from the moment you first opened your eyes when you woke up this morning to the moment you lay your head down and close them tonight, your vision is one of your keenest senses, helping you to enjoy and navigate through your world. I find it fascinating, amazing and wonderful and I hope you will too!
Feel free to introduce yourself, comment and ask questions throughout the next two weeks and add me on Twitter or Facebook. I look forward to getting to know you Scientopians and I'll leave you with your first eye trick of the day!
If your vision is fully corrected or perfect, you should see Einstein. Walk back and stand more than 12 feet from your computer, now who do you see? It should be Marilyn.