December 31, 2012

Final Reflections On 2012

Thus far I have written reflection posts about why I love science, one on health reflections, and a post on technology reflections. But I also wanted to reflect on blogging for redOrbit. I started writing for redOrbit in the middle of September. I was so excited to be able to write about science and health that I did not even know the topic opportunities that would come my way.

I have always read up on and kept educating myself about most of the topics redOrbit reports on, so being able to be a part of this community has been so wonderful. I simply love the variety of topics on the news site and I love the different bloggers and their voices on the blog site. I often spend hours just perusing redOrbit for knowledge and information.

I have also enjoyed taking that knowledge and information and writing blogs of my own about it. I love when I find something on some other site that is interesting and then search redOrbit to see what they have reported about that topic only to find that redOrbit has better information.

Take the treadmill desks, for instance. I first learned of these by listening to National Public Radio on my way home from work one day. I made a mental note to do some research because I thought that the treadmill desks would make an awesome topic for a blog. Lo and behold, one of the first sites to pop up was redOrbit and its article was from nearly a year earlier! I was super proud to be a part of the redOrbit community at that moment.

I have had the pleasure to write about education, health, nature, technology, space, science, and even oddities like holidays, ghosts, and zombies. And these just scrape the top of the topics redOrbit covers and supports. Sometimes, as I was writing blogs, I thought, “There’s no way this will post. It’s just too weird.” But I kept writing because I could see at least a tertiary link to redOrbit’s topics and readers. And I must have been right because those topics posted just as easily as my more serious ones.

I have also been able to write about studies and research in all of those areas. This has been super informative and interesting. I can have more informed discussions with people about these studies and issues that mean so much to me. I can refer people to information about the studies to better help educate them. And I get to write about them. That’s definitely a win.

What has been the best about writing for redOrbit—it’s totally fun. I get to learn about the topics that interest me outside of my personal field of study, and, frankly, I just get to write. Writing is so important, so to be able to do so for redOrbit has been wonderful. I have become a contributor to the cyber discussion. It has been so great.

This year, as I reflected on the topics I’ve covered, I found myself reflecting on redOrbit and its great contributions to the news and blogs world. I’m glad to be a part of it, and I’m glad we have readers like you. So thank you, readers, for your continued attention. Here’s to wrapping up one year and welcoming a new one!

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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