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Courtney Pemberton with Schipul Interviews Erin Blatzer Flis at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to talk about the Beyond Bones Blog and where it is headed. See the full extended interview at https://youtu.be/JDwrzb7VDBU
Hello, my name is Courtney
and I am here at the Houston museum of natural science because
Their blog Beyond the bones got chosen as the boss blog of the month
So we're going to go in play and talk to Erin.
I am standing here with Erin Flis and
I'm actually talking to Erin because she works at the Houston Museum of natural science, and she's the one that suggested they started Beyond the Bones
So she is the lady of the hour..so tell me how it all got started.
I started out here working in the public relations department, and it was
The luckiest thing ever to get a job here right out of college, and the coolest thing about my job was seeing behind the scenes, so you know I realized that
all of our people that work here, all of the curators that work here have really cool
Stories to tell they have very cool things that they do every day, and they aren't necessarily on display
This was a really great way
to get their story out there and to get
some of these cool experiences
that I was getting to have and share those with everybody who comes to the museum, everybody who
anybody in the world who wants to check it out. So you told me how the blog got started?
What are some fun things you're doing right now with the blog, and at the museum
Well what I'm really enjoying right now actually is doing a lot of holiday stuff. You know getting our different
bloggers to think about holidays and how they relate to science, and we do something for the holiday season called the 12 days of HMNS
Which is a video series
12 different videos of things that are coming up at the museum, things you can enjoy with your family over the holidays
and a website that's devoted to that. People who are involved in those videos
will do a blog post
About their experience creating the video and so you get kind of the video itself and then you get the behind-the-scenes of how we did it
You know so we're doing things like we're opening
an exhibit on Fabergé. Recently a reading on the blog about the 100 years 100 objects
And we're actually standing in front of this one of these
Objects, and if you can just explain a little bit about what you're doing, what is that all about?
well the 100 years 100 objects is a series on the farm it was designed to celebrate our centennial
The museum was founded in 1909. So this year 2009 is our 200th anniversary in Houston. The T-Rex is actually one of my favorite
it's not one of our hundred objects, but it is one of my favorites because
When kids walk through here. They that's one of the first things they see, so you'll walk through the exhibit halls, and there'll be
Six year old kids that walk right under the T-Rex jaws and they just look up there like oh
God. The last thing I want to know is what's the future for the blog, it's absolutely amazing
The Houston Community I think has really
Taken it in as their own and really you know formed a community within it, so I just want to know
What future plans do you have for it, or where do you want to see it go?
Well, I think you know we want to see it integrate even more with the rest of our social media outreach, we want to see
It integrate even more with our website and most of all I think the best ideas we get
Are from the people who read the blog so I really I love getting that sort of community feedback
I feel like every time we get a comment that's a huge success for the blog
And we want it to go where the readers would like to see it go. We definitely love you
at Schipul, and if I found a bug in my bathroom and I needed
identification ASAP, what is the url I can go to?
you can go to Blog.HMNS.org
Write it down folks
I just want to say thank you to Erin and the Houston museum of natural science for having us out here today and to
See what he beyond the bones blog is all about and see what they're actually doing here at the Museum
and you can check out more of the boss blog at
Blog.Schipul.com. Come see us!