Thoughts on 2020 (6) – this blog

2020 was a record year for readership (pageviews) on this blog. Here are the previous five years (1 Jan – 31 Dec) and this year:

2020, 1,331k pageviews (with a few hours still to go)

2019, 1,139k pageviews.

2018, 898k pageviews

2017, 876k pageviews

2016, 1,254k pageviews

2015, 808k pageviews

But what of the content? Well, that’s for you to decide. Here are a few examples (nothing more) to remind you of what has passed through these pages this year:

January: So why do you want to be Secretary of State for DEFRA?

February: DEFRA’s very clear explanation

March: Nature as a source of solace, in times of corona

April: Guest blog – International Dawn Chorus Day by Chris Baines

May: And the winner is…

June: GWCT drowning not waving

July: Riddled with errors

August: Natural England and crowdfunding

September: Dear Marian Spain, CEO of Natural England

October: Guest blog – The Willow Butterfly by filbert cobb

November: More on the new general licences for England

December: Brexit deal: ten words that spell environmental damage

And those 12 examples just scratch the surface – there were all the photographs and accompanying words from such as Tim Melling, Paul Leyland, Jane V. Adams and Guy Shorrock (and others) through the year, many and varied guest blogs, book reviews and cartoons from Ralph Underhill. And thousands of varied comments from you the readers.

December was the tenth month this year with more than 100,000 pageviews in the month, and the ninth month in a row passing that threshold. December 2020 was the first December ever to pass 100,000 pageviews here.

So a very strong year in readership numbers, and that probably means somebody is interested in what is featured here. But April 2021 will mark a decade of blog writing here and some time tomorrow I’ll let you know what to expect.

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6 Replies to “Thoughts on 2020 (6) – this blog”

  1. I don't know if this is the correct place to write these comments. My apologies if it isn't. I would just like to tell you how much I valued the two poems you have published written by Pete Howard. Poetry is a great way of getting across the importance of environmental issues. Poetry makes you think and feel deeply. After reading the poem about the wildcat I did a lot of research into the subject and re-read the poem. The poem dealt with such a lot of relevant issues. I'm hoping you will publish more of Pete Howard's thought provoking and beautiful poetry. Pauline Sallis

  2. In this this age of electronic communication and 'blogging' my waking moments, around 6.00a.m. are, firstly (after the usual) a read of the Guardian Country Diary, always a good and reassuring read by first class correspondents, many well known to this blog. Secondly, and it is rare if it's not there by six o'clock, your blog. In the luxury of a retired household this often generates discussion lasting through breakfast and a decision whether to make some sort of reply, flippant by me, or erudite by Lyn. The day is punctuated by reading the comments and wondering why I didn't think of saying that! Happy New Year.

    1. Richard I agree with all you say except in this retired house I'm rarely mentally alert by 0600!
      Marks Blog is quite simply a must read and makes us all think and often educates us as well. Great book reviews and wonderful photos and cartoons what more could we ask?

  3. Couldn't agree more with Richard and Paul. There are going to be a few retired people doing a second take - and thinking back nostalgically - later in the year when they remember, again, that your blog's not there to be read first thing. We'll just have to savour January, February and March.


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