gather round for an announcement
This is so exciting, congrats!
Your work has really inspired me a ton, and when I get to writing again (I say when because it WILL happen, my life is just majorly in flux right now) it will be in no small part due to your influence.
I’m particularly impressed by the depth and integrity of your scholarship and ability to challenge dogma and engage with scientific debate from outside academia. I’m an ex-scientist PhD dropout who tried to get into science writing right as the boom of blogging was dying (and struggled to find an audience or make money and gave up), and since then I’ve worked in education without an education degree. I know my ideas and perspective have value but I’ve been reluctant to try to share them because I feel like I’m… somehow not valid given my weird mixed background. Your work has definitely convinced me that there is value in doing research and writing that both makes use of/values scientific knowledge and academic standards, and also in a way exists outside of the norms of formal academic scholarship and challenges them as appropriate.
I really love what you've been doing here (the plant comparison "root bound" —so good!). It's been really inspiring to watch this progression, and it's helped me start to slowly ease away from using Instagram. This gives me hope and a clear path to get back to my own writing. So thank you so much for the thoughtful content AND for being a solid "creative guide," so to speak. :)
Brb switching patreon to substack rn
Do new subscribers to the sticker club also get access to Substack newsletters?
Congratulations on everything and I'm looking forward to subscribing :)