Schematic of the life of a blogging PhD. Source:

By Kelly

It’s the end of the week, the near end of a season, and it’s time to spring clean a little. As leaves senesce and fall off the trees…so do bloggers. OnCirculation has been going strong for well over a year now, but many of our regular bloggers, including myself, are transitioning into ‘finishing students’. The words, when they come, need to be put to theses and papers for at least the next little while. But the last thing any of us want is for the joys of Earth Science to be taken from our regular readers. And so, we as a group, have decided to change our format a little, to ease the workload, and ensure OnCirculation’s longevity. We will be posting three times a week from here on in (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and will bring in some new voices to this space. We hope that this new format will allow a new quality of post to emerge, things that have been pondered upon a little more, that can be communicated with a renewed sense of enthusiasm.

We are all always very interested in what interests YOU, so please feel free to comment at will, make requests, tell us what works and what doesn’t, but most of all please come back. You are helping support, and give an outlet to, the next generation of academics, industry leaders, educators and government advisors and Gaia knows these positions require good communicators.

From a personal viewpoint, my time with OnCirculation has been an enormously rewarding experience. I’ve watched the blog’s audience grow, and I’ve been able to venture in to the sphere of science communication. As a result, I am now actually going to be paid to write for the university in my ‘spare’ time, and potentially paid to work on developing science content for TV. (Not that I don’t lead a luxurious existence on a PhD stipend, but at 37 the thought of being paid beyond the poverty line is somewhat appealing).

As I pass my blogging baton over I should like to thank all the people who have made this blog a success. But before the wind carries this aged leaf far from the tree, I should like to leave with what I think is my favourite piece of science (ish) communication to date. I give you, Mr W.