I created Dr.ofwhat a year ago this month! I know we say it all the time but I genuinely cannot believe how quick time has flown by. So, I thought that to celebrate a year of blogging I would write a post discussing the year that was.
Why I started my blog a year ago- For a full understanding of why I originally started my blog read my ‘welcome all post’ (https://drofwhat.com/2016/05/31/first-blog-post/). But basically I started it because I have always loved writing and I thought that creating a blog was an excellent excuse to write non-scientific pieces. It is kind of therapeutic for me and I hoped it would give me a positive distraction from my thesis. This is still 100% true, I have loved writing my blog pieces and it has been a nice distraction. However, perhaps the biggest reason why I keep blogging is because I have connected with so many amazing bloggers and instagrammers through my year of blogging who inspire me to keep going, not only with my blog, but with my research, & my passion for conservation. Also, I have had people reach out to me and say that they love seeing my PhD adventures and can’t wait to start their own (which for me is so rewarding).
When I started my blog I was expecting to maybe have 3 readers (my mum & office pals), so it amazes me every day that people from all over the world tune in. Currently almost 2500 people have visited my blog, and I am so thankful to each and every one of you!
How things have changed? My content has still very much stayed the same throughout my year of blogging, I started the blog wanting to write about my PhD journey and other study tips, adventures and travel, and conservation. I still write all these topics and have also expanded slightly (into book reviews, my printable study documents and other general life posts). Other exciting advances have included the creation of my youtube channel and the popularity of my day in the life of a PhD students post, and also now my featured day in the life of posts.
Where to from here? I will continue the blog in the same direction that it is going. As I progress further into my PhD I will be able to discuss more and more aspects of the journey. I will also keep featuring people in all different walks of life in my featured day in the life of posts, and I will hopefully expand my youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5V61T_PVFYbLm0oeIrqaDA). I will also look for any other creative ways to inspire people to study hard, and adventure harder.
Your favourite posts so far- These are some of my most popular posts from the last year, check them out if you haven’t already:
What I learnt during my first year of a PhD: https://drofwhat.com/2017/02/12/what-i-have-learnt-during-my-first-year-of-a-phd/
My journey to understanding the importance of self-care: https://drofwhat.com/2016/06/28/my-journey-to-understanding-the-importance-of-self-care/
Day to Day life of PhD Student: https://drofwhat.com/2017/02/06/day-to-day-life-of-a-phd-student-6th-february-2017/ & https://drofwhat.com/2017/04/17/featured-day-in-the-life-of-andrea-english-phd-student/
Printable study Documents: https://drofwhat.com/2017/04/21/study-documents-semester-timeline/
2016 in Review: https://drofwhat.com/2017/01/20/2016-in-review/