The Secrets of the Universe turns 7 today. There was a time when I used to think that my page would not even cross 2,000 likes but nature had different plans. Today, The Secrets of the Universe has 300,000+ followers on Facebook and over 5000 followers in Instagram. On the 7th anniversary of the page, I would like to share the story so far.
It was December 28, 2011. I was 15 years old in my 10th grade. I got interested in astronomy at the age of 14 and decided to create a Facebook page on the same. So I just created one, by the name “The Secrets of the Universe” and started posting stuff about astronomy. No No! it wasn’t as advanced as it is today. Here is what the first post looked like:
I worked on the page for just 4 months after which I deactivated my account. The page had about 800 followers. For 3 years, I did not post much on the page. I passed my high school and went to University to study Physics. In my first summer vacations, I decided to work on the page again.
I clearly remember the date. It was May 16, 2016. A post named “10 Equations of Physics That Changed The Course of Physics” went viral. It was shared by over 4,200 people. Before this, the page used to get 100 likes in a month. After this post: 100 likes per day. That’s how it started.
In my vacations, I started a series of weekly posts: Facts of the Week, Scientist of the Week, This Week in Space and Sunday Motivation quotes. But the best series was yet to come.
I wanted the followers of my page to really learn something from it. I wanted to make ‘The Secrets of the Universe’ knowledge and learning based and not just another page that shares just facts and memes on science. This is when I came up with “Astronomy Term of the Day” on May 24, 2016. This is what the first term looked like:
I take pride in the fact that I never missed any term in these 2.5 years. This series is the flagship series of the page and it has received a lot of support from the fans across the globe.
Of course, it wasn’t only me who worked on the page to bring it this far. I must acknowledge a couple of friends who have always helped me in managing the page and making posts when I could not. They’re:
Simran Buttar: I met Simran in my undergraduate degree at the University. She is still my classmate, in Master’s in Physics. Presently, she is the author at ‘The Secrets of the Universe’ and manages the page over Instagram. Her support has been crucial especially when the page was in its cradle and did not even have 1500 followers.
Rishika Dange: Rishika is my friend who is currently pursuing bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from Bangalore, India. Presently, she is the Editor at The Secrets of the Universe. If no term has been missed any day under “Astronomy Term of the Day”, it is only because of her. I remember when due to some emergency situation, the internet was banned in my state for 2 days without prior notice and it was Rishika, from another state, who designed and posted the terms on the page. She has played a major role in developing the page and the official website of The Secrets of the Universe.
I also thank Ishita Sharma, Radhika Bangar, Yashika Ghai and Chirag Mittal for supporting the page in the hour of need.
Today, the page is on various social platforms: Instagram, YouTube, Web and Twitter. My aim is to make ‘The Secrets of the Universe’ one of the best source of learning physics and astronomy. Thank you all the fans for supporting the page so far.