Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Big Thanks for a Big October

Long Island Sound in early October.  Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
A big thanks to all of my readers for making last month the most visited month in the history of the blog.  When I started this blog, I was getting a few hits a day.  I thought it was a big deal when I hit 100 readers a day.  Now, it is common to get over 1000 viewers a day and this number is increasing rapidly.     A hearty welcome to all of my new readers.  If you like this blog, please share it with your friends and family.  If you have a blog or Website, consider linking it to your materials.  Again, thanks to all of you for finding your way here.

Some of the most popular posts this month were written by my fellow blogger Lisa Marie Pierre and by my student, Taiyo Francis.  Lisa's post focused on urban farming in Phoenix and Taiyo's dealt with lingering issues of Fukushima.

My most popular post this month focused on the dignity of National Parks employees.  I have many friends who work for the National Park Service and their treatment during the recent shutdown struck a bone.  I only did one photo series on the National Parks this month as part of my series on the parks, but it drew a very positive response.

This post reviewing the book, On the Desert's Edge, received considerable attention.  The book is really a love letter to the arid landscapes of the southwest and includes beautiful photographs and short essays.  I haven't seen a book like this in some time and it deserves a place on the bookshelf.

I continue to focus on environmental issues in Florida.  This post about suburban activism in Florida received considerable notice as did this post on water issues associated with citrus production.
I love the gargoyles and stone elements at Sands Point
Preserve on Long Island.  I've used various photos of them on
this blog.  Photo by Bob Brinkmann.  

One of my favorite blog posts this month was actually about a piece I wrote for Huffington Post called Steampunking the Anthropocene.  I explored the idea that we are in a new age of science, even though science is stuck in modernist traditions and languages.

I also wrote about things happening in Long Island and Hofstra.  Manorhaven put up new osprey platforms, Hofstra hosted a candidate sustainability election forum, I described Hofstra's Asia Center, and I gave a talk at Stony Brook.  I also made a side trip to Vermont and discussed it here and here.

Some specific issues I addressed were the Nobel Peace Prize, the low costs of low impact development,  Manhattan's razor thin skyscraper that is in the planning stages, fracking, European air pollution, and drug discovery in caves.

My two posts on my work at the United Nations also received attention.  You can read them here and here.

Some turkeys enjoying the day in Vermont.  Photo
by Bob Brinkmann.
The blog also saw the big reveal of the new banner designed by Hofstra student Joanne Norris.  I love it.  I asked her to make something that communicated the positive nature of the blog along with the message that we are entering a new world of environmental issues.  I also wanted a mid-century modern aesthetic.

I think that she nailed it.

Thanks again to all of my readers!

Note:  I continue to look for contributors to On the Brink.  If you are interested in writing something for the blog or want to be a regular contributor, send me an email.  I am looking for writers who can be upbeat and informative and who focus on the environment, sustainability, or higher education.  I am also interested in photo essays.  If you want to contribute a photo essay highlighting some aspect of where you live, please also contact me.  The photo essays can be of nature or of some environmental aspect of a place.  Also, if you blog already and want to co-post a piece that you think would fit this blog, let me know.
A beautiful Vermont home.  Photo by Bob Brinkmann.

For you academics who are a bit unsure about the impact of blogging, note that the average academic article is read by 5 people per year for the first year it is published.  This blog reaches thousands each month.  If you want to make a difference in the broader culture, blog.

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