I called the blog Science Matters because it does; but that title is a little fraudulent because the content, all too frequently, lurches off into left-field bucketting over tussocks of remote island groups, biographies of women, and castigation of iniquities - let's kick Fritz Haber again. With all this off-topic material the banner title became The Blob, at least in my head. When I started the new job, I had to prep a bunch of totally new classes with support from my colleagues that was 'patchy' (some mighty, some totally hands-off) and so I was busy every evening and every weekend clagging together enough material for next Monday. All good fun and reading the early posts brings back some of the excitement and some of the panic. After a frenetic Jan, Feb, Mar 2013 things started to settle down and I found more time for The Blob although I was still mad busy at work and several days might pass without anything posted. For example, on 21st May 2013 I wrote a historical piece about Nirenberg and Matthaei and the birth of the genetic code which has garnered over 1000 page views and is the most popular post on The Blob. On 23rd May 2013 I was on about fashions in European underwear which is more important [every knows about Nirenberg and Matty except how to spell Matt's name; but not many know what studs and hotties
There was a gap between 21st and 23rd May 2013 when I was mad busy marking exams but every day since then, I've posted something for posterity. Well done me! When you do something regularly and often the material clocks up and I'm happy to report some statistics.
- Content: 600,000+ words is 1.33 LOTRs and more than War & Peace, Moby Dick, or Ulysses.
- Average post is about 600 words: in the Summer I'll put out a 1,000th post
- In about a year's time, I'll tell you when I've passed out Potter (a million&something words)
- Impact/sales: a very humble 160μPotters
- J.K. Rowling has shifted 450,000,000 units
- The Blob has about 77,000 pageviews
I don't undertake to post every day hereinafter but I don't intend to wrap The Blob any time soon either.