Monday, February 19, 2007

Happy Birthday To Northstate Science (Better Late Than Never!)

Well, Northstate Science reached its first birthday about two weeks ago (officially February 6). I knew it was coming and had planned on a "reflections on a year of blogging" post, but well, got busy and never quite got around to it. I did want to comment on a couple of things, however:

- I have come to really enjoy the blogging. It is certainly very therapeutic and clearly allows me to "vent" from time to time, although I'm trying to make an effort at more reasoned responses (my wife always says, "You don't talk that way in public!"). It has also re-kindled my interest in all those areas of science that got me excited in the first place...so my reading and researching have gone up dramatically since blogging (you have to understand, my "day job" is largely administrative, so the opportunities for active research don't come as often as I would like - most is done on my own time at a considerably reduced pace - it's much easier to have a beer at the end of the day than pick up a Binfordian treatise...). So if nothing else, blogging has forced me to get "back in the groove"...

- I clearly need to blog more regularly. In looking back over the year my posting average was well under one per day. Although I often bemoan not having the audience of a PZ, Ed or Afarensis, I clearly did not post often enough to merit the attention. I'm trying to change that this year and am shooting for a monthly average of more than one per day (so far I'm there). Let's see if I can do that and where it gets me in terms of attention in the blogosphere..

- I guess I did relatively well for the first year...I started with an average of about 60 hits per month and now I'm around 60 per day. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but the overall trend during the year has been an increase in the number of visits. It would certainly be nice to be linked at more locations, but I'm sure that will come. I had a couple of off-the-wall spikes when PZ linked to some posts of mine, but if I can contribute my increasing success to anyone, it has to be to my anthropology buddies, Afarensis, Carl, Kambiz, Duane...and probably a few others to whom I owe some gratitude. B&B and Coturnix were the first to ever link to me, so these guys kind of gave me my start. I know there are others...my thanks to everyone!

If my large scale audience is only creeping up, I can definately say that my local audience is dramatically increasing. There are more people I see on the streets of Susanville who have begun to check out Northstate Science on a regular basis. That was one of my goals for starting this blog, as an "alternative" to other sources of information. Interestingly, I have done almost no advertising about the blog, either locally or via other websites - anyone who has discovered Northstate Science has done so either via word of mouth or through searches and links to my posts (hell, most of my relatives, including my mother, don't know I actually have a blog!). I might change that this year...

- Finally, I just want to say how appreciative I am of the broader community of bloggers out there, those I agree with and even those I don't agree with (yes, Kurt, that means you!). There are a number of people I would love to meet in person, buy a couple of drinks, sit around and talk "stuff" (Afarensis, Duane, Coturnix, Ed, Kambiz, RangerX, Jim West, to name just a few off the top of my head...oh, of course PZ!). I would also like to get to know some of my regular readers better, like Chuck who is only down the road about 30 miles...

So, here's to all of you...May this year bring the best to all of you and may I "meet" even more of you during the next 12 months!

All the best,
Chris at Northstate Science

10 comments:

CFeagans said...

Happy Blogiversary! Your's is one of the few I can say I visit daily. I really should comment more, since I definitely know what it's like to wonder why there's no one commenting :)

coturnix said...

Happy blogiversary!

Christopher O'Brien said...

Thanks guys! See how much of a blogosphering novice I still am...I forgot it wasn't "birthday", it's "blogiversary"!

afarensis said...

Happy blogiversary! I would just like to second what Carl said. I read your blog every day and remember it is quality, not quantity that counts and draws an audience. You definitely write quality stuff so the audience will come!

Duane said...

Heck, I say Happy Birthday to Northstate Science may you continue to enjoy your second year. If you enjoy it, I'm sure the rest of us will to. Thanks for sharing your thoughts will the blogosphere.

Alun said...

Happy blogiversary, and I agree with Afarensis, it's quality not quantity that matters and there's no shortage of quality here.

Christopher O'Brien said...

You guys are too kind! Thank you to all for the kind words!

P.M.Bryant said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I wouldn't worry too much about frequency of posting. Quality is the key!

Keep up the good work.

Martin said...

Congrats! I agree about quality, but that's not a problem for you. On the other hand, there is a quantity issue... It's now been nine entryless days since you said you'd make >1 entry a day! (-;

I'm sending my readers over to you on Saturday at 10 EST. Perhaps you'd like to offer them something new to read?

Chuck Garner said...

I too, want to wish you a happy blogiversary, but I'm sure that there are certain individuals who won't be joining in, like Tony Larson; the poor guy probably thought we were ganging up on him.
I emailed him pointing out that the national average temperature rose 3 degrees in the three days following 9-11 when all flights were grounded, because there were no contrails reflecting the sunlight back into space. Then Thomas E. Braun wrote a brilliant letter in the next issue title "An environmental blind spot" in which he points out the obvious, that Venus, not Mars, is the correct model. Damn! why didn't I think of that? I remember the big flap over Immanuel Velikovsky correctly predicting that Venus would be very hot (Worlds in Collision)before any astronomer knew it. And then you weighed in pointing out his profound ignorance of all things scientific, probably (my words) matched only by our aptly-named congress member's nonexistent grasp of science. It's been a while since I've caught up on reading your blog, so I'd like to say thanks for your words of encouragement in your post "Lassen County Times in Review: January 2 Edition". Keep up the good work.