Readership has swelled during the past couple years, with subscriptions to the RSS feed numbering over three hundred.
Individual blog hits have increased gradually over time, though they have never been very high (over 100 in a day is exceptional). Hits declined during the last two months of 2012, but surged back a bit in January.
In any case, I plan to continue blogging as time allows (I've been trying to maintain one or two posts per week during this last, very busy year), and will now go through some of my most used blog tags, with a few accompanying photos.
My blog tag list is huge compared to most blogs (see lower sidebar), and was set up primarily so I could find my posts as easily as possible (i.e., it's my own personal cross-referencing system). Tagging has not been entirely consistent, and I try to correct the inconsistencies whenever I see something, or whenever a category becomes large enough to add a tag retroactively. The number of tags I'm citing below was current on January 1, 2013, when I began this post.
|View of the Clan Alpine Mountains, Nevada, from the Fairview Peak fault scarp.|
Geology is in 2nd place, with 171 tagged posts. I haven't used the tag as often as I could: so many things on this blog could fall under geology, or geoscience in a broader sense, and the tag didn't originally seem that useful to me, especially for my own sense of organization.
|Geologic map showing a portion of the Osgood Mountains (map from Hotz and Willden, 1964).|
|Drill rig in eastern Nevada.|
|Monitor Valley Road, more or less south of The Geographic Center of Nevada.|
The roadside posts (5th in our countdown) numbered 136 at the beginning of 2013. These posts include what I consider to be my roadside geology category and also include posts about things or places located along the road, always a particular road. Highway 50 has the highest number of overall posts at 108, Highway 8A comes in second at 44, and I-80 comes in third at 20.
|Falling rock sign on Highway 89, with Lassen Peak in the background.|
|An example of a roadside geology post: The dacite of Mount Helen near Lassen Peak on Highway 89, CA.|
|Another example: Phyllitic slate near Connors Pass, Highway 50, eastern Nevada.|
Our next category, old times, is 7th with 93 posts.
Posts in this category include those that are entirely about the past, AKA the "good old days," and also include posts about current times wherein I mention how it was in the past or tell some part of an old story.
Old times posts rarely include old photographs; sometimes they include new photographs of old places.
|Remains of the old bathing cabin at Spencer Hot Springs (story here).|
|Tuff of Hoodoo Canyon at the entrance to Northumberland Canyon, central Nevada (from Drilling Stories: Getting Started at Northumberland)|
|Tuff of Hoodoo Canyon and Northumberland Tuff (more here).|
The tags mining and winter are tied for 9th place at 81 posts each.
|A wintry, mining-related photo from this post.|
|Hughes 500-D sitting on an outcrop somewhere west of Beatty, NV, in 1978.|