Myrmecos Blog appeared online two years ago today. While I’m obviously the guy writing most of the posts, the reason we’re still on the air isn’t me and my bloviating. It is all of you guys- the readers, the guest bloggers, the commentators. Without the life provided to the site by the many participants, I’d long since have lost the incentive to keep at it. So, a heartfelt thank you.
If I had to finger any one difference between blogging in 2007 and blogging in 2009, it is this. In 2007 blogs had already risen to mainstream acceptability, especially in the political, commercial, and feline sectors. But academics still lagged, unsure of the medium. Photo blogging was of course safe ground, but research blogging?
The landscape has shifted by 2009. I’d now say blogging is not only an acceptable outlet for scientists, but one that if done right is highly desirable. Can there be a more reliable indicator of a writer’s passion and knowledge than an active blog?
Below the jump, a few statistics on Myrmecos Blog traffic:
The growth in traffic has been roughly linear. Some of this growth is due to an expansion of my regular reader base- I estimate I have about 200- but much of the increase tracks the linear accumulation of content. The more posts I have online, the more search engine traffic arrives. On an average day I receive between 500 and 1100 visitors.
Top search terms used to find Myrmecos Blog, 2007-2009:
|palo verde beetle||938|
The ten most viewed posts, 2007-2009:
|How to Identify the Argentine Ant, Linep||13,531|
|The Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro Lens||10,054|
|Photo Technique: On-Camera Flash Diffusi||6,955|
|The World’s Largest Ants…||5,462|
|About Alex Wild||4,611|
|Rover Ants (Brachymyrmex patagonicus), a||4,507|
|Beware the Cow-Killer||3,625|
|FAQ: The Illinois Aphid Swarm||3,491|
Incidentally, I’m not the only bug blog with a late November birthday. Archetype and Beetles in the Bush are celebrating blogiversaries this week. Is there something about a turkey-induced stupor that leads entomologists to blog? Does the end of collecting season leave us with too much time on our hands?