Happy new year. Did you know that this is the first year in many that all four digits of the year (in this case 2,0,1,3) are different from each other? Can you name the last year this was true? Can you name the next year in which this will be true?
Had you been following me on twitter you would know at least part of the answer to that inane question already!
Anyway, I went over the records of the last year to see which blog posts seemed to get more than average attention from my readers, and chose from them a selection to review here. This is a somewhat complex statistical problem. Most blog posts get all the reading they are going to get within a few days of being published, while others are being accessed in small to modest numbers, every day for the long term. I mixed the two patterns together here, but note that those in the latter set that were produced recently will be underrepresented for obvious reasons. I’ve also excluded posts that had fairly high pageview counts because of some dumb reason and have no content worth repeating. There were only a couple this year anyway.
I’m not authorized to give out numbers of page views (that is a trade secret around here) but I’ll take a chance and tell you that the largest number of page views among these posts are well over a quarter million, and most are mid five figures. I left off a number of posts that end up getting promoted frequently, especially those related to behavioral biology and climate change. In many cases they are linked to within the posts I do list here, and many of them were originally written before 2012 and are either still popular or reposted. I don’t want you to view this list as just another version of a list you’ve seen before.
And now, by topic:
Ask A Scientist Type Posts:
For hopefully good reasons, this post: Teaching After The Test: An argument for a national school schedule was very widely read (and I hope it gets more read!). Otherwise, instead of adding the usual list of the posts you all know and love/hate, I’m pointing you to a recently created page on my blog dedicated to science education and related topics of interest to teachers, here. That page will be updated now and then.
Peer Reviewed Research Blogging:
This category refers to posts submitted to the Peer Reviewed Research Blogging aggregator (just click on the icon inside any of these posts).