It’s a very bittersweet announcement for me to be shuttering my Guide to the Galaxy. I started the Guide two years ago to share my knowledge for and enthusiasm about our wonderful, amazing universe, and along the way I found my enthusiasm was only amplified by all the other amazing scicommers I met and all the wonderful people who wanted to come along for the educational journey. Seriously, I never expected to find over 30,000 people who were interested in what I had to say about space and astronomy! Getting to know so many of you has been so much fun, and I am truly honored to have made an impact. You’ve been cheerleaders through the difficult task of completing my PhD and finding a job and even the trolls usually made me laugh. So obviously it is hard to say good-bye!
On the other hand, I am really thrilled to be moving on to a new position at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that could help me reach, educate, and inspire millions of people across the USA and the world! This is an amazing opportunity for me and an adventure I am very excited to embark on. (Please note that nothing I have shared on my social media, either the NGTTG accounts or my own, has ever been an official NASA communication.)
And really, as much as I loved doing the Guide, it was always a hobby project in that it did not, in fact, pay me any money. (Okay, I exaggerate: over 2 years, I made about $70 from the creator fund! It funded a few donuts for me!) Working a full-time job carries enough time commitment to make maintaining the Guide at the same level impossible (I was spending about 15 hours a week on it). If I was going to work a different job, perhaps I could have maintained the Guide at a scaled-back level. However, given the potential conflicts of interest that would be challenging to navigate as well as the high likelihood of burnout from mixing my professional interests into my free time hobbies, I’ve decided to close down Nora’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Like I said, a bittersweet announcement.
I’ve always been a chronically-online person since I used to wait for the painstaking groans of our modem to finish so I could join chat rooms and lie about being 14 when I was 8. So I have quite a lot of personal presence on the web, and you’re welcome to come hang out with me there if you want to keep in touch. I’m also not going to delete all the content I’ve made, so you’re welcome to browse the content archives for any space/astronomy content you may have missed.
It’s hard to say good-bye, so instead I’ll say good-bye….for now!!