Exciting times, difficult times.

It has been a difficult summer for me.  I have found it hard to read and write any more than a few sentences.  It is a hard thing to admit that my chosen path is anything but a bed of roses, but I want this blog to be honest and truly reflect my PhD experience.  I have found the going tough as other things have been taking priority in my life.  As a family we have experienced bereavement and other upheavals.  Some of my relationships (both personal and professional) have changed.  This is not necessarily a negative thing, a very good friend has moved to Spain in order to further his career, which is great, but also means I have one less person to meet for coffee in Starbucks (which will put a strain on those who have to meet me instead) and as my friends know, I need a lot of coffee.  One of my supervisors has moved from the University of Southampton, a great career for him, but undoubtedly means there will be changes in my working environment.  No more nipping upstairs to ask for advice, it all has to be done on email.  Again, not negative, just a change.

I have had some success.  I have successfully scraped data from Facebook using python and facepy.  This has been amazing and very rewarding.  Watch this space to see what happens with this data.

It does feel as if I coming out of this negativity.  I am writing again, and have plans to do get some much needed publications completed.  As always, I feel like I am behind  the rest of my cohort and always playing catch up.

Hopefully my next blog post will be full of happiness and academic success.

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