As I am almost ready to resume winding down this blog, as I keep promising to do soon, here is a sample of what 2009 looked like on this blog, in terms of the ten most viewed essays. Unfortunately it seems that WordPress only counts on-site page views, when posts viewed by various feed readers are usually twice to three times as many in this blog’s case. The total number of on-site views for this blog, since its inception on 11 October 2007, stands at 307,653 as of this moment.
- America’s Iranian Twitter Revolution – 6,200
- M. Jamil Hanifi: Engineering Division, Instability, and Regime Change with Naheed, Neda, and Allah – 5,693
- The Unreported Death of Staff Sgt. Paula Loyd of the Human Terrain System: Third Researcher to Die – 4,775
- Some Breaking News on the Human Terrain System: Death Threats Against Female Colleagues – 4,378
- A Minor Bun Engine Made Benny Lava, May He Poop on My Knee: Cross-Cultural Translation Under Conditions of Contemporary Electronic Globalization – 1,928
- Frantz Fanon: “Concerning Violence” – 1,912
- Whitewashing a U.S. War Crime in Afghanistan: The Trial of Don Ayala, “Human Terrain” Mercenary – 1,712
- Anthropologist Under Attack: University of East London Punishes Chris Knight Over His Public Speech – 1,368
- The Deafening Silence of the “Milbloggers”: Inconvenient Truths? – 1,290
- Professor Richard Antoun, murdered Fri. Dec. 4, 2009: We Will Miss You, May God Bless You – 1,164
The top search terms in 2009 that brought readers to this blog were:
- paula loyd – 4,730
- open anthropology – 2,330
- idi amin – 2,181
- national geographic – 1,506
- human terrain system – 1,279
- national geographic photos – 830
- don ayala – 716
- benny lava – 707
- gaza live cam – 637
- shelby lee adams – 542
I think some of the best posts remain for the end of this blog, although, as is often the case, what I think is the best and what viewers find most interesting often differ considerably.
I will have a more complete roundup of the statistics for the cluster of sites that formed part of the Open Anthropology Project, at the close of this blog.