By Joern Fischer
Time flies when you’re having fun: it’s been one year since I published the first post in this blog.
A good time to reflect on how it’s been going. First, my own perspective. I’ve found it a useful way of communicating ideas to a much broader audience than I would normally reach through scientific papers. Also, some half-baked ideas, which are still interesting, could be communicated well via the blog. And finally, the blog enabled us to rapidly respond to some current events or debates in the literature — much faster and more effectively than if we had done so only through the literature itself. Over the year, I was contacted by several people because of the blog, because they had read something in here that they found interesting. In fact, some new collaborations have started from this, and some contacts have been made that are relevant to engaging with policy, too. I conclude that blogs are an effective means of exchange within science, and beyond science. Very much not a waste of time, but an effective activity to stimulate discussion and communication.
Where are our site visits from? From February this year, wordpress has included a function that shows where the hits are from. Here’s the list of the most frequently visiting nations to this blog:
|United States||(I guess lots of people living there, though our contacts are not so many)|
|Germany||(my immediate environment)|
|Romania||(Tibi’s environment! And our study area)|
|Australia||(my old home!)|
|+ a bunch of others …|
And here’s a short overview of some posts that were popular with some people:
Thanks for visiting our blog — I hope you will continue to find interesting things in here to read!