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*
- Where did Roman babies poop? (3,535 views)
- 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)
- Philip who? On the recent reanalysis of skeletal remains from Vergina (2,945 views)
Most Popular Posts Last Year Not Written in 2014*
- Philip who? On the recent reanalysis of skeletal remains from Vergina (2,945 views, over 1,000 Facebook likes)
- Who needs an osteologist? Installment 20 (1,903 views, 798 Facebook likes)
- Can I just drop by death trophies off at your office, Dr. Killgrove? (2,142 views, 197 Facebook likes)
- Season 10, Episode 1 (6,079 views)
- Season 9, Episode 12 (4,649 views)
- Season 9, Episode 13 (4,622 views)
Blogging Resolutions for 2015
- Find a good way to track views, social media shares, and comments to better demonstrate the impact of my blogging.
- 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.)
- 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.)