I am so excited to off hiatus! I planned to re-launch officially on September 16th, but I realize that as I create new content and add it to the site, email notifications to my existing subscribers were being sent out, and then when they clicked on the links, it said: “Come back September 16th!” I don’t think everything will be perfect by the 16th anyway, and we are close enough to it to do it! So, let’s go!
I took a break from actively posting and creating content on the blog, but it was always my intention to come back. There were quite a few things that I wanted to do with this platform. Many of the technical changes I wanted to make, which included switching site platforms, moving from hosted to self-hosted site, changing the layout, etc. were more involved than I anticipated. Working a very involved, full-time job and managing other personal and professional endeavors didn’t always make it easy to align my site/ scicomm goals. Also, not actively researching or data collecting in anthropology at the moment, made me feel far away from the subject matter.
Then things began to change. While 2020 has been a global dumpster fire, I’ve been one of the more fortunate individuals who has been able to use this time during the pandemic to reevaluate my purpose and objectives and more towards them to good effect. I received a lot of signals that energized my love for this work and opened up possibilities. Last year, I felt really lost and uncertain, but now I don’t feel the need to see or control every single outcome. I just need to feel my way through and just do.
Slowly and steadily, I began learning the technical skills I needed to transform the blog. I’ve embraced collaboration and began to write new content. I’m really excited about projects that I have in the works and about the continued support that I have received from friends, family, and this community.
Just to highlight some things to come, the blog will begin to feature other writers, more interviews, more multimedia! My bone lab will soon be releasing a video storytelling series and a Rockstar Anthro online shop filled with stickers, pins, and more in 2021! You all know I fund this and my mobile bone lab completely out of pocket, which also makes growth and content creation slow. Thank you for all who have asked how they can help support this work. Once the shop is ready, you’ll be able to support by buying merch, sharing content and you can now donate via PayPal on my homepage!
Speaking of collaborations (weird segue), I would like to give a special thanks to the amazing artist who created this promotional art, Paul Sizer! I have been a fan of Paul’s work for years and it has been such an honor to be artfully preserved by him. He also updated my original logo and I’m loving the sleek imagery.
I really do appreciate all of your support! I’ve missed you!