I started this blog just under four years ago. Since then, I guess I must have written at least 300,000 words in 280 posts, probably many more. And 2015 has once again been a busy blogging year (76 posts including this one), with stories about our tour of Scotland, a September visit to the USA (including a trip to Chicago), and our National Trust and English Heritage visits. The obituary I wrote for an old friend, Trevor Williams, caught the attention of many of his past students all around the world; I also wrote about other former colleagues who passed away.
I’m always surprised at what catches everyone’s attention, and where my readers come from (160 countries during this year). And some stories written in previous years continue to run, on and on, such as those about genetic resources, and my trip to Buckingham Palace on Leap Year Day in 2012 to be invested as an Officer (OBE) of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or cricket.
One of my favorite posts has to be that about our visit to the Fitzgerald Theater in St Paul, Minnesota in September, to watch a live broadcast of the long-running radio variety show broadcast each Saturday on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor.
So, it’s quite interesting to read the 2015 annual report for this blog prepared by the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
You can read the full report here.