Annnnnnnnnnd it's that time of year again, my little ducklings. Time to light the candles and bust out the party hats. The approach of New Year's Eve, you ask? Surely that's a good reason to party like it's
1999 2009. After the year I've had, I'm going to be mighty happy to start a new year and a new decade, but no, that's not the reason for the candles. The particular event I'm celebrating is...
ED Bites Turns Three!!!!
I remember when I started my blog (you can read my phenomenal/awkward/boring first post here. I know, I know. Awwwww. If ED Bites ever got married--and at the rate I'm going, it will probably get married before I do--this would be the embarrassing baby photo that parents show at the reception.) and I really didn't know if I would stick with it. I had started a blog or two previously, but it kind of fell to the wayside as it consisted of public navel-gazing that was best suited for private audiences, and I soon returned to scribbling frantically in my journal. Of course, this blog has its fair share of navel-gazing as well, but I soon began to write for an audience bigger than myself. You know the saying "If you build it, they will come" from Field of Dreams? Well, if you write it, they will come.
I suppose I should thank my former co-worker who started the Big Fat Losers contest, because this blog became my sanity lifeline during the whole mess, and I think it was one of the things that first caused people to keep coming back, if for no other reason than to find out: is this girl's co-workers for real? Why yes. Yes they are.
My life has changed dramatically since then. I'm still a drudge most of the time, but at least I'm a drudge doing what I love. This blog has been crucial in my decision to become a writer, and has shown me time and time again that it's not really work when you're doing what you love. Because I'm a professional science writer and amateur geek, I soon found myself blogging about ED science-related topics. For one, there's a LOT of interesting research going on out there that we don't really hear about. For another, no one else was really doing any in-depth blogging about ED science. I have hardly any training in psychology, sociology, anthropology, women's studies, or any other field that helps contribute to our understanding of eating disorders. What I do know is the hard-core science stuff, the function of genes, the intricacies of neuroscience, the magic formally known as statistics. This I know.
Oddly, I feel most at home behind a computer, with a keyboard under my fingers. I (obviously) write a lot about eating disorders, but I also write a lot about microbiology, about biogeography, about evolutionary biology. Sometimes, my ramblings even get published. I enjoy these ramblings, looking at topics from a really bizarre angle and asking "why?" like a two-year-old.
I guess now I'll be asking "why?" like a three-year-old on this blog.
Thank you for all of your support over the years. I write this blog for me, yes, and for nameless people who may plug strange searches into Google that lead them to my blog, but I also write for you, my readers. You are as much a part of this blog as I am, and I couldn't do it without you.
(I didn't bake cupcakes to celebrate, I baked apple date oatmeal scones. I must go try one now!)