Climate Etc.’s first post was on Sept 2, 2010. Since then, there have been 82 posts and over 26,000 comments. The WordPress stats counter provides all sorts of interesting information. Which posts do you think got the largest number of hits?
Here are the top 10 posts, ranked by the number of total hits.
Some surprises, for me anyways. Posts related to climategate, politics, and personalities overall score the most hits, largely because these posts get picked up by other blogs and bring new readers here by reference. The Heresy post was a turning point for the blog in this regard; after a large spike, the daily hit rate settled down to an average increase of 250%. In terms of scientific posts, the Skeptics post is a surprise 2nd place winner.
In terms of overall number of comments, the following posts had more than 700 comments each:
So what is my take home message from all this? About half of the posts that rank the highest in terms of hits or comments were posts that it took me less than a half hour to pull together (in some instances, it took someone else a much longer time to develop the content in the post). Many of the posts that I spent >1 day preparing generated relatively little discussion. Well, I’m sure there is a lesson for me somewhere in there. But one of the main reasons that I blog is to get my viewpoint out there on topics that I think are important.
So here is the “editors choice” for top 10 posts that I have personally spent a lot of time preparing:
If you missed any of these the first time around, you might want to check any out that strike your interest. Since none of these problems have been solved, they are all still relevant and current :).
What are your picks for the top posts? I would especially be interested in which comment threads you found to be the most interesting/useful/entertaining.
I’ve started several series with Part I, and various events have conspired so that I haven’t continued them, it is my New Year’s resolution to pick these up. Given a time crunch for me between now and the end of February, anything substantive that I write on will probably be related to something I’m working on in the context of either my day job or my weekend job.
And finally, make some suggestions for posts you would like to see in the new year. Guest posts would be very welcome.