When I started the blog, I had no experience on blogging, only Jonas Sundqvist's invaluable BALD Engineering ALD News blog as an example. I am very happy that I eventually dared to take the step and start the blog. Before entering the statistics, I would like to briefly review some of the learnings.
(i) For the progress of the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA, vph-ald.com), the blog has of course been instrumental. We would not have the same good progress without it.
(ii) The blog has given me the opportunity to learn of what it is to have a science project blog, and how one can attract attention to it. I have learnt how important it is to share information of new posts in professional social media. For new posts, which have not been shared this way, half a day can pass without one single person viewing the post. For new posts shared in Twitter and LinkedIn, in turn, readers appear instantaneously. Sharing in Twitter, systematically with a relevant hashtag (#VPHA #ALDep), has certainly further increased the audience of the posts.
(iii) Somewhat after creating this blog, I created a separate Twitter account (@aldhistoryblog) for sharing the posts, thus no more having a need to share them directly through my personal account (@rlpuu). I think that was a good step, helping to keep things organized. Would I in the future again be in charge of some larger scientific project/unit, I would certainly again consider setting up a separate Twitter account as a communications channel.
Then, to the ALD History Blog numbers during the first 6 months of the blog (numbers as of as of April 24, 2016).
- Altogether, 94 posts have been published (this is the 95th post).
- Three "pages" have been created, listing the ALD conferences and reviews and the ALD History Blog posts. For easy co-editing, the review list has already moved to be updated in elsewhere (access through vph-ald.com).
- There have been 7437 pageviews in 181 days, giving an average of 40.9 pageviews per day.
- All-time most frequent visitors have come (in this order) from Finland, United States, France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Sweden, Poland, South Korea, and Brazil.
- Most popular post of all times: travel report from St. Petersburg, November 2015 (271 views).
- The 2nd most popular post of all times: a rather recent (March 9, 2016) post called "Thoughts on Open Access, VPHA, and figshare" (189 views). This post raised considerable discussion in the comments and in Twitter and was also referred to in BALD Engineering.
- The most popular page: ALD Conference list (387 views).
Finally, here come snapshots of the all-time statistics of Blogger (all taken on April 24, 2016).
Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust