The biggest challenges to launching a blog are: (1) picking the right subject, and (2) making sure anyone interested in reading your blog actually knows about it. Florida Illustrated represents my third attempt at blogging. My first blog was Antiviral Immunity. I soon found that for many people, this blog was too technical, and the entries were longer than anything you’d wish to read off a screen. At that time, science blogs were not very popular amongst my fellow scientists, and Antiviral Immunity never got the positive reception I had hoped it would. My second blog was The Beached Scientist. The Beached Scientist discussed disability and leisure. This proved to be a very odd pairing of subjects for a blog.
For a long time, I wasn’t interested in blogging about anything. That was until I bought a new camera and started reading Urban Sketching by Thomas Thorspecken of central Florida. Browsing through Michaels, I was drawn to the colorful sketches on the cover of Urban Sketching and ended up taking a copy home with me. In the Forward, Thomas alludes to his own blog, Analog Artist Digital World, where he posts one sketch a day. I was intrigued by the idea of creating a blog focused more on pictures than writing. This is how Florida Illustrated came about. It’s not technical, it’s not about science and medicine, and it’s not about me. It is simply an online manifestation of my wish to share Florida’s beauty with the world. Without further ado, here are some photographs I took today on the Dunedin Causeway at sunset: