Science educator, film maker and creator of BrainCraft Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) joined RealScientists in late October. Vanessa started off by getting all meta on us – tweeting about tweeting.
And also let us in on some sneak peeks of the new science documentary she’s directing, which we can’t wait to see (please invite us to the red carpet premiere Vanessa k thx)
— realscientists (@realscientists) October 25, 2016
Vanessa also generously responded to our post-curation survey, and you can read her answers below.
In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?
Overall it was enjoyable! I had a lot of unexpected distractions over the week — some teething problems with a project, too many meetings, last minute babysitting, a couple of impromptu days out of the office — which really threw out the time I had allocated for tweeting. I felt like there was more I wanted to communicate and discuss during my time managing the account that I couldn’t, which frustrated me a lot. I was really happy to have the opportunity, personally I felt like I could have used it better.
It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?
I’ve had experiencing talking to so many through other accounts, so not really.
What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?
After I posted some photos of the way I was approaching a project, I got some replies saying it was really helpful, interesting etc. this was definitely a highlight, I wasn’t sure what to expect from putting the information out there so it was nice to have that feedback. No clear lowlight, I only wish I had tweeted more!
Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?
I really wanted to get more public feedback and input into the project I’m working on now, which didn’t really work out because I didn’t put enough questions and info out there for people to comment on.
Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?
I did have a plan, in hindsight I think it was a little too ambitious. I couldn’t make it into the office for a couple of the days, so the plan sat on my desk while I tried to keep up with my other work.
Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?
Keep it simple, have a realistic plan of tweets, allow for things to go wrong.
What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?
Thanks once again Vanessa from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.