The first 6 months of a new science blog: PolarBearScience Aug 2012-Jan 2013

Here’s a bit of “new blog” stats. It might be of interest later or for others starting a new blog and looking for comparisons.

I started blogging on July 26 2012, so technically my first six months ended a few days ago. But I thought I’d focus on the first 6 full months, since WordPress calculates many of its stats that way.

From Aug. 1, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2013, PolarBearScience had readers from 96 countries around the world, see map below, which was not a big surprise. Polar bear conservation is an international issue that feeds off a global fascination with polar bear life history and evolution.

Views of PolarBearScience by country, Aug. 1, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2013

Views of PolarBearScience by country, Aug. 1, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2013

During the first 6 full months of this blog, there were just over 21,300 “views” or an average of about 3,550 per month, although that has varied quite a bit – see the graph below. WordPress recently starting giving a count of the number of visitors as well as views, so I know that in December 2012, there were 1,452 visitors; in January 2013, there were 2,286.

Views by month, Aug. 2012 to Jan. 2013

Views by month, Aug. 2012 to Jan. 2013

I am getting many encouraging words and great tips coming in via the form on the “Comments” page, so I am not lacking in feedback – thanks to all who have taken the time to do this. Hearty thanks as well to all of you who have posted links to this blog (or particular posts) on Twitter and Facebook and in the comments section of other blogs and news reports.

And finally, I’d like to remind folks that I’m happy to share original research papers that I cite – just drop me a note.

Not bad for the first six months, I’d say.

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