January 2, 2015

PbO Year in Review - 2014

It's time for me to take stock of my year in blogging and see what was most popular, but also what I most enjoyed writing and what I want to write about in 2015.

I wrote 82 posts in 2014 and got 181,504 page views this year. Here are some Top 3 lists in a variety of categories, along with stats on number of views, as I'm still planning to argue for the importance of blogging as part of my tenure case.

Most Popular Posts Written in 2014*

  1. Where did Roman babies poop? (3,535 views)
  2. How long was the average Roman foot, and what size shoe did they wear? (3,422 views; also picked up by Smithsonian Magazine online here)
  3. Philip who? On the recent reanalysis of skeletal remains from Vergina (2,945 views)

Most Popular Posts Last Year Not Written in 2014*
  1. Lead poisoning in Rome: the skeletal evidence (10,882 views last year, 56,662 all time views)
  2. Why is anthropology needed? (4,898 views last year, 15,453 all time views)
  3. Teaching skeletal anatomy to kids (4,161 views last year, 15,661 all time views)
Most Shared Posts on Social Media from 2014*
Top Pedagogy Posts of 2014
Most Popular Bones Posts of 2014
  1. Season 10, Episode 1 (6,079 views)
  2. Season 9, Episode 12 (4,649 views)
  3. Season 9, Episode 13 (4,622 views)

[* Excluding Bones reviews.]

Blogging Resolutions for 2015
  1. Find a good way to track views, social media shares, and comments to better demonstrate the impact of my blogging.
  2. Finish posts I thought about or started on in 2014, including: Amputations in Bioarchaeology, Roman Time and Space, and Roman Dentistry.  (A new article is coming out soon on the last topic, so I will write about that as soon as it's published.)
  3. Blog more about my own research.  (I've got three articles that are forthcoming, so I will blog about those as soon as they're out as well, and try to get some media coverage of them.)
I've been blogging about bioarchaeology since 2007, and I've seen my audience grow every year.  While I haven't had the kind of time to write long-form pieces that I did in 2011-2012 (since I got a full-time tenure-track job), I am still enjoying writing Powered by Osteons and like the direction it's evolved into, with regular features like Who needs an osteologist? and the Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival. I also get to share teaching-related posts here and have met a whole bunch of people -- students, fellow researchers, and people interested in skeletons -- through blogging and social media.  Thanks to all of you for making Powered by Osteons a success!


2 comments:

thesebonesofmine said...

This is fantastic! Really enjoyed reading Powered by Osteons in 2014 , as always, and I for one cannot wait for 2015's posts. (Really intrigued by the Roman time and space entry now)...

Jane Draycott said...

Thanks for another year of great posts. I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts on bioarchaeological evidence for amputation, as I'm organising a conference on prostheses in antiquity this summer.

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