Meristem Journeys’ first steps

Woke up this morning to this delightful little summary blog from WordPress. Over the last 8 months that I have been writing my blog, I have had 470 views, and numerous likes and comments. Not bad going for a blog that I thought no one would read!

But in the last month, two people have kindly shared my blog post ‘Genetic modification with a twist’. That possibly was the hardest post I’ve written! It’s not always easy conveying information from a scientific paper littered with complex words that I don’t even understand.

I have loved plants and all things related to their science and discovery since I was very little. Over the years, as I went through school, sixth-form college and then university, many of the people I met would often say, very respectfully, ‘plants don’t really interest me’ or  ‘plants are boring’. And I get that. I understand why the majority of people don’t have the same love and enthusiasm for the green things that cover our planet. Simply because they don’t move around like animals. But I can’t help but notice that part of the reason is to do with the way it is taught in schools. Whenever the topic of photosynthesis or plant anatomy came in Biology class, it was always taught the same way, with no umph of enthusiasm and with no room for creativity or originality. If I didn’t love plant science so much, I would have been bored.

So it was only in my final year of university that I toyed with the idea of a blog. I knew I couldn’t make people love plants. All I wanted to do was to give people a better understanding of them. I wanted to share little snippets of plant-related facts. Some you may already know, some you don’t. But it was also about explaining things in a way everybody can understand, from those with a completely different science background, to those who have never studied science. It was about making people more aware of what goes on around them, and bring back people’s inquisitiveness about life.

Having read my blog’s summary, it makes me happy knowing some of my posts have made their way around the world to various people. I basically wanted to write this to say thank you to my readers that have followed this blog since its beginning, and I hope you have found enjoyment in learning new things.

As the physicist Edward Teller once said, “The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.”

Happy New Year!

Olivia 🙂

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 470 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.