Friday, January 3, 2014

December Review

Click for photo credit.
Thanks to all the readers of On the Brink for a great 2013.  I hope that 2014 will be as productive of a year for this blog.  A big thanks to Lisa-Marie Pierre for contributing regularly to the blog and to all the other contributors who in some way added to the content.

Also thanks for putting up with my inelegant writing and musings.  This blog contains informal writing so every once in a while some clunkers get into the writing space.  I use this blog as a way to foster broader creativity in my professional life.  The posts are in many ways my morning pages.  I try to make them as good as I can in a very limited time period, but sometimes spelling, grammar, or style errors creep in.  I do these posts very fast.  I appreciate all of you coming back even though the quality of the writing is not always top notch.  If you ever see anything that you think needs to be fixed on the blog, just drop me an email and I'll go in and fix it.

But something must be working.  My readership continues to grow.  Welcome to all of the new visitors.   I continue to look for regular contributors to On the Brink who can write on higher eduction, sustainability, and/or environmental issues.  A new contributor will be introduced in this space soon, so stay tuned.  I ask that all new regular contributors produce one blog post a month.  It can be a longish piece, a small review, or just a photo essay.  If you just want to contribute something once, that's fine too.  You could be a guest contributor if you don't want to commit to producing something once a month.  Email me if you are interested.

Most of my posts had roughly the same number of hits this month.  This is really unusual since each month a few posts end up being significantly more popular than the others.  December saw very steady readership for all of the posts.  However, the two entries with the most hits were my post on the broad embrace of climate change science by energy companies and my post about the reindeer cam.  Other posts that got a number of hits included ones about my human rights award, my tips for university email communication,  the science of early humans, my tips for leaving a college classroom neat and tidy, and a notice of karst and climate change paper availability.

Looking back through the year, my most popular post ever in this history of this blog was this one.  Who would have guessed with all the writing that is posted to this blog that a one word blog entry would be the one that reaches the most people?  However, more serious entries were also popular.  My interview series on faith and sustainability also was quite popular.  You can read the interviews here, here, and here.  I am hoping to follow this up in 2014 with a series on art and sustainability.  Taiyo Francis' guest essay on the Fukushima situation also saw a number of visitors. My April Fools post also got quite a bit of notice.  Some of you thought it was real.  Got ya!  Also a number of posts on sinkholes garnered quite a bit of attention including this one on sinkholes in New York City and this one on the Tampa Sinkhole Vortex.

What I've learned from looking at the monthly and annual stats is that you like both humorous and serious posts.  In the more serious posts, a range of pieces grab your attention and it is difficult to provide any specific content that would be more popular over others.  However, things that are new or fresh seem to work the best.  Reviews of articles or news are not as popular as the more creative pieces that I write.

If you have any suggestions for improvement, let me know.  And again, thanks for reading!

No comments: