I haven’t posted here for a while, and that’s a good sign. I use this blog to get my ideas flowing and my work done. According to my lack of posting I must have been very productive since January. Looking back at the impact tracker it seems as if I have been doing stuff. I attended the Web Science event at the Royal Society. I went to LA and took part in a Web Observatory Workshop (LA WOW)
LA was fantastic, hot and wonderful. There was an earthquake when I was there, which was really exciting and my first. The workshops were informative and very interesting. It was while I was in LA that I understood what Web Observatory were. The work that has been done in the University of Southampton is amazing.
When I got back from LA, our team submitted a paper to the Web Science conference in Indiana based on the work we had done in China. This was accepted as a poster and one member of our team could go to Indiana and present it. In the end we flipped a coin for it, and sadly I did not win the toss. The guy who is going will do really well and I know will present our poster in a really positive light. I am so excited about this as it is my first publication! I feel I have gained the immortality of a writer.
I am back in the office now, I have been doing the reading and writing, attending meetings and trying to stay focused. I have undertaken some courses in order to help me stay on top of the PhD and keep myself organised.
This week I have started to slow down. I need something to grab my attention and keep it. I need to write a brief for the ethics committee to ensure that I can study what I want to study. Every time I sit down to write it I find something else to do.
If anything, this is a blog post to myself to remind myself to keep on, to work hard and remember all the great stuff I have done and what is yet to come.