I have been blogging and using Twitter as a scientist since 2010. By that point it was pretty obvious that internet was radically changing how scientists could engage with the public and each other, and thus science blogging had become quite popular
. Like a lot of people, I wanted to write about how studies from my areas of expertise were reported in the media, and my first substantial blog post
was about a large epidemiological study of homebirths in the UK. Twitter was a natural companion to blogging, since you could use it to share what you were writing. Eight years later I still blog
. From time to time this comes up in conversation with colleagues, and they often ask if I really think it’s worth my time.