Months before I was done with my graduate degree, I was sending in guest posts to Scientific American. I was just beginning to find my voice as a science writer. A few months later, I started the first iteration of my blog here, and decided that nerding out for each post was a good move. Eight months and well over a million hits later, I am saying goodbye to Scientific American. I’ve had an amazing time here, but it’s time for me to go.

Without Scientific American and the status it afforded me, I don’t think I would have ever made my way so fully into the writing community, or into the minds of my nerdy audience so quickly. Since I started writing here, I have been contacted by readers who say that some of their favorite ways to learn science indeed comes from looking at it through the lens of their favorite fictions. I have never been let down here–as nerdy as I wanted to get, someone loved me for it. That’s something I would have never experienced without Scientific American’s support.

As I take my writing elsewhere, I hope that some of you will continue to follow me, and keep a lookout for the other geeky things I have in the horizon. I want to especially thank the Scientific American team–editors, administrators, and fellow bloggers–for being so welcoming and supportive to a fledgling writer. You can’t get that kind of support structure just anywhere.

Goodbye Scientific American, I wouldn’t be where I am without you. Thanks for everything.