Versatile Blogger AwardOn August 15, 2017 by neurotravels
I was nominated for an award! Wait … what?
Wow, I still cannot believe it: I was nominated for the Versatile blogger award by the super cute befreewithlee.com! And this after such a short time of blogging. I was so busy the last weeks and cut my writing short, but with this nomination, Lee inspired me so much to continue and do more work on it! I did not even reveal my new interest in blogging to all my closest friends yet, because I was not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed. But when writing my last post, I realized again, how much I love bringing my thoughts on paper (or better, on screen) and this nomination is such an awesome feedback from lovely Lee, that motivated me to continue putting all my heart into it. The award is given from bloggers to bloggers, and nominations should go to inspiring people with good quality writing skills and who show an especially big passion and love for what they are doing and sharing. I am speechless that Lee sees me as such a candidate!
Thank you so, so much, Lee!
Lee is such a cute, lovely soul. She is travelling a lot (currently New Zealand), sharing her funny personal stories, interesting travel insights and recommendations. She does some damn cool hikes! I find her so brave, wanting to break free of the 5-9 job situation that she felt just wasn’t for her. She is an expert in New Zealand traveling and her goal is to explore other places of the world, too! She shares some solid advice about where to travel to and what to do in New Zealand, this beautiful country I just traveled through this year! I can absolutely recommend checking out her blog!
Now it is my turn to nominate two other awesome blogs for the award. This wasn’t an easy one!
My goal was to find nominees which represent the science communication niche, a bit like me. I fell in love with science communication and I think it is extremely important to do more work in this direction and I want to support any other scientist that communicates like a champ! These are my nominees:
I don’t know Soph personally, but I just know that she is a kick-ass PhD student, living in the U.K. and working with fascinating stem cells! I loved her blog from the moment I saw it. I love the way she shares her stories: so personal, so honest and clearly understandable! I think it is quite a challenge as a scientist, to communicate your work in such an approachable way. Soph shares her science stories as a PhD, gives awesome advice and even interviews other kick-ass, awesome scientists about their journey! I love her monthly “Cellfie” posts, where she introduces different beauties of cells and explains what all the different types of divas like or dislike and what they do in your body. What an inspiring girl, keep up the awesome work, Soph! Check it out here!
Heidi, I fell in love with your blog! Heidi is an awesome PhD student who has quite some experience outside academia as well. She has heaps of solid, interesting, entertaining articles on her blog, addressing up-to-date problems, challenges every PhD student will probably face and she provides insight into her expertise, which includes clinical trial participant recruitment. I cannot say more than, you must check it out!
Okay, SURPRISE, there is a number 3! I couldn’t resist nominating her as well, as I just love, love, love the field she’s working on and the texts she’s sharing: Lisa of inascienceworldblog is a PhD student working in developmental physiology, also in the UK! (So many cool scientists up there!) Basically, Lisa is investigating if and how specific diets given to pregnant ladies affect the development and function of their babies’ muscle later in life. Awesome, right?! IN her blog, she is sharing about this topic, but also provides tips and tricks for surviving a PhD or shows how a day in her science-world looks like. Definitely check this one out!
7 fun facts about me
Another part of every Versatile Blogger award winner is it, to share 7 personal facts about yourself. So here are mine:
1. I am an absolute cheese fanatic. I could live from cheese alone. Breakfast, lunch, evening, give me cheese and I am good. Oh, and carrots! (And pizza! … I love food!)
2. I also love Volleyball and Beachvolleyball. I’ve been playing since I was 14 or so. I crushed my ligaments some months ago, that’s why I stopped now for a while. #damn
3. I don’t have siblings. And apparently that affects your brain! Which is super interesting. Should write about that one day. #newblogideas
4. I am an extreme “evening person”. I got better with mornings in the last year(s), but I still don’t like them a lot. I am productive as a piece of bred early in the morning; veery hard for me to think, getting stuff done or doing sports early in the day. Biking to work helps me wake up though, I forced myself to do that just now in Melbourne!
5. I am an Italian who doesn’t speak Italian perfectly. I am Italian, and my mother language is something like an Austrian-German kind of language. Italian is my second language only. Which is weird, but that is how we are up in this northern-most part of Italy 😉
6. I like coding. Yeaah- nerd, I know. I am not very good at it, but understand the basics and it is super rewarding, if you finally debug your code and then everything is running smoothly 😀
7. Today, I am still living from a very small amount of stuff. All my clothes, accessories and everything else I own, it all would still fit into my 55l backpack! Sometimes I think about if I should finally go and do some shopping and buy heaps of clothes, but nah – I still can’t let go of the travelling-mode, I guess 😀
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Coming soon: an awesome, new science project worth supporting (check it already out NOW); how the national science week event about vaccination strengthened my new love for science communication; and much more!