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Best of the Blog: 2013

A week or two back, I was reading a complaint about how I was “constantly” going on about sexual harassment and sexism and so on. I checked the blog archives and found that out of just over 1000 blog posts, there are 18 tagged “sexual harassment,” and 14 tagged “sexism.” That’s a whopping 3% of the blog. (Compare that to the 50 blog posts tagged “LEGO.”)

However, when I pull up the most popular blog posts — the posts from 2013 that attracted the most traffic — those 3% take up most of the top spots for the year. Interesting.

  1. Sexual Harassment Conversations in Comic Form. I’m very happy with how this comic has spread.
  2. Group Cover Pose Reveal. Honestly, I’m surprised this didn’t make #1. Me, Scalzi, Rothfuss, Stross, and Kowal, and we lost out to stick figures? Oh, the shame.
  3. How to Report Sexual Harassment, by Elise Matthesen. I believe this is the first time I’ve had a guest post earn one of the top spots for the year. Thanks again to Elise for speaking up.
  4. Roundup of Some “Anonymous Protesters” (SFWA Bulletin Links). Three different SFWA-related posts on the list. Interesting.
  5. One Consequence of Creeping.
  6. Fake Writer Girls.
  7. Racist Takes Dump in SFWA Twitter Stream: News at 11.
  8. SFWA Presidential Election Thoughts.
  9. What is Rape Culture?
  10. Cover Art – So Where’s the Problem?
  11. 2012 Writing Income. I’ve got to start getting the 2013 update put together soon.

Google Analytics says I had 263K unique visitors this year, which means … heck if I know. Especially with the blog content distributed to LiveJournal, Goodreads, RSS feeds, and more. Social media is such a broadly distributed thing these days. Very different from when I first started blogging at http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Library/4119/ (I don’t know how to feel about the fact that I still remember my Geocities web address.)

But I’m still enjoying it, and that means the blog will continue for the foreseeable future. Which I’m sure comes as a TREMENDOUS relief to all of you!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 26th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
::iz relieved::

Dec. 26th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
I had 263K unique visitors this year,

that would be Uni-Que, and we are all speshul flowers.. grin.

3 percent? I am shocked at the amount of time spent on discussing sexual harassment, I suspect that Legos had a lot to do with that number.
Dec. 26th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
What you're seeing here is an example of the 15% phenomenon -- the same thing measured by studies which have shown that when women in a college classroom environment contribute more than 15% of the class discussion, they are perceived as "dominating the conversation". People who are accustomed to an environment in which sexism, sexual harassment, and rape are NEVER discussed are going to perceive 3% of the conversation being about those things as "talking about it all the time".

This says much more about them than it does about you, and what it says isn't pretty.
Dec. 27th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
It also states that a certain percentage of people need to brushbup on their mathematics, because their measurements range pretty far from the actual taeget result. Or accurate result. Or somethibg. Even my matematics are better than that, and I never really studied in thatxfield.
Dec. 26th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I remember the old "street" thing with Geocities and other free hosts. Heck, I remember before Yahoo ate them, and when 5mb was amazing for free hosts to offer...now my camera sometimes takes single photos larger than that.

And yep. Talking about it at all is "going on about it" when what you're saying is what people don't want to hear :/.
Dec. 27th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
#2 is my #1 :-) I loved that pose... Wait--is that sexist of me? Dammit.

You rock, at any number.
Dec. 27th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
Not at all, because that pic was demonstrably awesome! :-)
Dec. 27th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
I certainly thought so!
Dec. 27th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
Quite often, especially over the last year, your blog posts have been bright spots. Sort of like fireflies in a light mist, actually. Good to know they'll continue. ;)
Dec. 28th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
*sighs in relief*

My favourites were #2, 3 and 5. :) 2 was excellent, 3 and 5 were useful, thought provoking and moving.
Dec. 29th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Imagine how many heads would explode if you kicked it up to 4% in the new year. *G*
Dec. 29th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
OK, off topic, but...I love your user pic!
Dec. 29th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was made by flightstothesea, and is shareable with credit to them.
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