Phew! I’m probably sound asleep right now; it’s New Year’s Day, and this is my first post for 2011. Let’s take a quick look at the year that’s gone by, then forge on forward into the future…
I spent the best part of 2010 immersing myself in things I love: science, travel, photography and surf. This blog has reflected that very closely, with two posts about nature highlighted on the WordPress frontpage and dozens of others offering me a chance to share the amazing things I’d seen and places I’d visited.
I moved on from an average of 9 hits per day in 2009 to 85 per day in 2010 – though there was a big uptick at the end of the year due to the latest frontpage; I’ve been hovering on the 50 hits mark of late. It all kicked off when I set myself the target of blogging daily in March – since then I’ve found my ‘voice’ and writing has come much more easily.
My life’s been driven by the endless quest for new. Since moving to London, a host of extra things could go on the list from that post; perhaps I’ll elaborate further in 2011! While I’ve been drifting in the Christmas doldrums for the past week, I thought hard about what I value. A sense of unfailing wonder and a desire to explore and discover still burns brightly in me, despite the damp, cold weather and tube strikes I find myself negotiating on a daily basis.
That’s enough navel-gazing for now, though: time to shake off the lingering nostalgia from my road trip and see where I’m going. The dominant one, obviously, is the remaining three terms of my Science Communication Masters degree at Imperial. The course so far has been fun and stimulating, though the academics warn it gets pretty tough later on! Lots of practical modules, lots of group work and a thesis. Oh, plus exams. I’d better start training my writing hand again.
Life after September is a huge question mark. I have no idea what opportunities will arise for me between now and then; I may stay in London, travel anywhere in the world, or end up back in Australia. The prospect’s a strange and exciting one; I just hope that one of those paths becomes clear before I actually get kicked out of my room at the end of September!
I’ve also got plans for more live music appearances, more film photography, radio work and video – you’re in for a positive feast of media this year – and, of course, making the most of the events and opportunities London has to offer. On a more sentimental note, I look forward to getting to better know the interesting people I’ve met so far in the UK – three months just isn’t enough!
OK, I’m at risk of turning this into an essay. I’ll stop. Welcome to 2011; I hope you’ll be able to share the journey with me!