Tag Archives: Blogging

2010 in review thanks to WordPress.com

WordPress.com sent us this summary of our year at WordPress. Some interesting stats for those that are interested 🙂


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 117 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 135 posts. There were 194 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 131mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 8th with 1,269 views. The most popular post that day was The Wednesday Post (7/4/10).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, researchblogging.org, facebook.com, reddit.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for exploding head, biofilm, pneumococcus, ulcerative colitis, and disease of the week.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Wednesday Post (7/4/10) April 2010


Exploding Head Syndrome – No pun required June 2010
13 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


P. aeruginosa, Biofilms and Honey July 2010
23 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com


Crohn’s Disease – Your Body Hates Your Guts February 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


The Pneumococcus: “Captain of the Men of Death” January 2010


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Wednesday Post – (8/12/10) Sad Face Edition

Hello again followers of DOTW. I bring mixed news.

Given that Thomas and I are approaching the end of our PhD’s we have decided to make a few changes to DOTW and the way it appears right now.

Don't be sad puppy!

First off, Thomas has told me that as he will be writing his thesis very soon he will reduce the time spent on the blog. Thomas can comment on this further but this is the responsible, sensible thing for him to be doing and good on him for being responsible and sensible.

I on the other hand have decided that while I write my thesis I want to try something new and forge my own path. I contacted the good people (actually it seems like just one person, Edward the magnificent) at Field of Science about starting a blog within their community and was allowed in! I will be moving to a new home at Disease Prone which will eventually be rolled properly into Field of Science. Right now it appears as a stand alone site but a few weeks from now it will sit alongside blogs like our friend Lab Rat’s and other great blogs like Skeptic Wonder and The Curious Wavefunction!

For the next few weeks I will continue to post sporadically here while Disease Prone is set up properly but even then I will continue to post here occasionally in the future and Thomas may even pop up over at my new digs with the occasional post.

So this is not goodbye as much as it is a note notifying you of my new mailing address. I will still put things on the Facebook page and still have a twitter for you to follow so you’ll definately still see me around. To make sure though you can always go and subscribe to Disease Prone to ensure you recieve every post.

Thanks again for all the support that I have received here at DOTW and I hope to see you again soon, here and here 🙂

1 Comment

Filed under James' Corner

The Wednesday Post (24/11/10)

This post is a bit of a cop out. I hadn’t planned anything because I was going to re-spruik my most recent effort at the Scientific American.

This time I wrote about the role a bacteria, nematodes and insects play in glowing war wounds. You can find the post here and of course my previous post is still here. Both can still be shared using the not-so-fancy share buttons at the bottom.

Once again thanks to BoraZ (@BoraZ for twitterers) for inviting me to contribute.



Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine



Filed under James' Corner

Open Laboratory 2010 – Time is running out!!!

Open Lab is a project that is run by by a guy affectionately referred to by some as ‘the Blogfather’, Bora Zivkovic. Every year Bora and a team of dedicated judges compile an anthology of the best in science, nature and medical blogging into a printed book purchasable here.

Why am I telling you this? In two week nominations for Open Laboratory 2010 will close and the judging process will begin. If you have liked anything we have written and think more people should read it can I ask you, pretty please, to fill out the submission form. The whole process takes a minute or two, tops, and might mean a level of exposure for the blog that would take it to the next level.

A list of already submitted posts can be found here and all are great examples of very good science writing.

Leave a comment

Filed under James' Corner

DOTW at the Scientific American

Sometimes one site is not enough. The Scientific American invited me to submit a blog post to be published on their Guest Blog. I have written on the topic before but I treat a little more seriously here and in a bit more depth. If you want to check it out you can follow the link here. Be sure to hit the share buttons at the bottom, for every click I will rescue one adorable puppy.

First two clicks saved Micky (L) and Frankie (R). Do your part.



Filed under James' Corner

Blogging Carnival Selection!

Thomas and I are still pretty new to blogging and certainly newer still to things like Blogging Carnivals but despite this I threw a few posts into an application process for Scientia Pro Publica which is currently being hosted by Traversing the Razor and a couple landed! Wikipedia says:

A blog carnival is a type of blog event. It is similar to a magazine, in that it is dedicated to a particular topic, and is published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly. Each edition of a blog carnival is in the form of a blog article that contains permalinks to other blog articles on the particular topic.

We are very proud to see our posts get selected for things like this and it is an honor to be selected.

Check out the carnival here and the posts selected from us here and here.


Filed under Uncategorised

The Wednesday Post (13/10/10)

Our first post last year was 16th of October, 3 days from today, and Thomas and I are pretty proud of the little blog that seems to have somewhat kicked off better than we could have hoped. Continue reading


Filed under James' Corner