Sunday, April 28, 2013

Reflections on #RealTimeChem week

This past week has been #RealTimeChem week on Twitter. I've really been blown away by how many amazing science bloggers are out there. I suppose I should be intimidated by them. After all, aren't they taking up part of my "market share"? If I really want people to read, share, and talk about my blog aren't they just competition?

The truth is, I'm not intimidated. Just the opposite. This past week I've felt like part of the community (here's a visual representation of that community via @markborkum). And it's been a great week with lots of interesting chemistry to read about. For example:

  • There was a bit of a compound drawing war on Twitter (see Jess the chemist's post about it here). See Ar Oh decided to show up at the end to win it all (though looking the structure up may have disqualified him...)
  • At The Interface told us about his favorite result from the lab.
  • Chemically Cultured brought us a great poem about ITC.
  • Marc Leger, from Atoms and Numbers gave a good review/introduction to HPLC.
  • Chemicals are your friends did "chromatography flowers" - a great community outreach idea!
  • And of course who didn't love See Ar Oh's #ChemMovieCarnival (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3). I always love reading/writing about bad science in the movies and on TV, so 23 posts about good/bad chemistry in the movies was awesome. Thank you for organizing it, See Ar Oh!
Thank you to everyone that participated. You made it a great week for me. If I didn't mention your post it's not because I didn't read it and it's not because I didn't like it. There was just too much to keep up with!