Aard’s First Birthday

i-f0ce4afa618ce7c952064b6f65cd716f-1st-birthday-cake.jpgIt’s been a year now since I started blogging at Sb (after a bit more than a year at Blogspot). Looking at the server stats for December 1-28, Aard is ranked #31 out of 66 blogs here for traffic, with a daily median readership of about 650 uniques, including about 130 identifiable returning readers. (Meanwhile, my old site is still attracting a median of about 70 daily uniques.)

Looking at Technorati rankings, Aard is at about 16,000 worldwide with an “authority score” of 317 (28 December). There has been considerable re-shuffling among the top-10 Sblogs from a year ago. Of those ten, only Living the Scientific Life has improved its T rank, and Pharyngula, A Blog Around the Clock and Cognitive Daily have retained theirs. The remaining six have slipped to a varying extent, some clearly no longer being on the top-10 here. It’s probably largely a question of lifestyle and job demands impacting posting frequency. Aard’s Google PageRank is 6.

Dear Reader, I hope you’ll join me for another year! If all goes as planned, I think I’ll be able to offer a lot of fieldwork dispatches and bits from my growing book manuscript. Along with whatever catches my fancy!


  1. #1 Abel Pharmboy
    December 29, 2007

    Congratulations, Martin – the numbers are a testament to your ability to engage readers in your research area – great job! Looking forward to another fine year of Aard.

  2. #2 Felicia Gilljam
    December 29, 2007

    Happy blogaversary!

  3. #3 Coturnix
    December 29, 2007

    Happy blogiversary!!!!

  4. #4 Blake Stacey
    December 29, 2007

    Whatever you do, don’t stop now! 🙂

  5. #5 Pierre
    December 29, 2007

    Looking forward to a new year on Aard, especially the fieldwork stuff!

  6. #6 Bourgeois Nerd
    December 29, 2007

    Happy blogiversary!

  7. #7 Denis Vlasov
    December 30, 2007

    Happy blogiversary! Keep the posts coming, especially those on Scandi archaeology! And Happy New Year!

  8. #8 Martin R
    December 30, 2007

    Thanks everyone! And have a very good new year!

  9. #9 thadd
    December 30, 2007

    Hey, happy blogiversary, I may not stop by every day, but I do get it in RSS and come buy for almost every new article.

    How are you measuring page rank?

  10. #10 Martin R
    December 31, 2007

    Thanks, Thadd!

    The Google Toolbar has a page rank readout. Don’t be disappointed if your sites rank never seems to rise: Aard was ranked zero for four months and then shot up to six overnight.

  11. #11 ArchAsa
    December 31, 2007

    Happy Birthday and a Happy New Year!

  12. #12 john
    December 31, 2007

    Happy new year !

  13. #13 "GrrlScientist"
    December 31, 2007

    happy blogiversary and thanks so much for mentioning my humble blog here. you’re very kind!

  14. #14 Mattias
    January 2, 2008

    Congratulations and a happy new year!

    / Mattias

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