Happy New Year, Y’all!
Before we blast off, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at last year’s MissPres statistics. Ok, maybe not interesting to you, but interesting to me.
MissPres got started on February 9, 2009, and at first I really had no idea what I was doing or why, just an impulse to see where a blog about preservation in Mississippi might lead. One goal I had from very early on was to provide a place for conversation about architecture and preservation in our state, and I have enjoyed seeing more people take the time to comment and contribute to the discussion. I’ve gotten to know new people, including Tom Barnes, who has come on as a regular poster to contribute his vast knowledge and love of historic hotels (and who will be giving us his thoughts about the King Edward after he’s had a chance to stay there in coming weeks). The blog has challenged me to think more deeply about the complex issues surrounding preservation, but also has given me a forum to throw out the sometimes wacky pieces of information that turn up in architectural research.
General Stats (since blog beginning February 9, 2009)
Busiest day: 295 views on October 23, 2009 (I think this was a contest week)
Busiest month: 2598 views in December 2009
Top Posts for 2009
- (820 views) Jackson’s King Edward Hotel [February 16, 2009]
- (365 views) Abandoned Mississippi: School for the Blind [July 6, 2009]
- (269 views) Book Quotes: Jane Jacobs on Old Buildings [March 19, 2009]
- (243 views) Shame on the South Delta Regional Housing Authority [July 16, 2009]
- (227 views) Sun-n-Sand More Endangered Than Before [May 28, 2009]
- (200 views) Friends of the Beverly on Facebook [February 12, 2009]
- (197 views) In Memoriam: Robert K. Overstreet (1924-2009) [May 26, 2009]
- (161 views) Abandoned Mississippi: Yazoo County Agricultural High School [August 20, 2009]
- (139 views) Cool Mid-Century Modern for sale in Funky Fondren [May 6, 2009]
- (135 views) Katrina Survivors: Charnley House(s), Ocean Springs [September 2, 2009]
- (134 views) Fire at Historic Stewart M. Jones School [May 27, 2009]
- (124 views) Columbus Pilgrimage Report [April 14, 2009]
- (111 views) Book Quotes: Jane Jacobs on City Planning [March 16, 2009]
- (108 views) King Edward Update [September 15, 2009]
- (103 views) Notes on SESAH’s Keynote
- (101 views) Partial Collapse at Mississippi Industrial College [June 21, 2009]
- (100 views) Gulfport Library [February 28, 2009]
My Favorite Posts for 2009
You know I like to take time out to philosophise on occasion, but I’ve found that these posts get few comments (or comments about my negativity that make me cry), indicating that my readers don’t like them so much. Not that I’ll stop philosophizing in the new year, I just won’t expect any comments about them. As long as I expect disappointment, everything is ok.
- Dealing with Vernacular Places [March 4, 2009]
- Green = Energy Efficient? [April 8, 2009]
- Where History Meets Architecture [May 14, 2009]
- Getting Back to Myths [June 18, 2009]
- Red State Preservationist, or what the National Trust should have said [June 29, 2009]
- On Recreating History [July 9, 2009]
- In Defense of the National Register [July 29, 2009]
- Roll Call of Landmarks Lost to Katrina [August 23, 2009]–this one was purely factual, but as far as I know, it’s the only “published” list of historic buildings lost, so I’m kinda proud of it.
- Why Preserve? [December 2, 2009]
Are there any not on these lists that were particular favorites for you? What would you like to see more of on MissPres? I’m thinking of changing the design of the site–do y’all have any attachment to the current design?
I’m always looking for new posters, so if you have a particular interest and would like to write about it occasionally, let me know. It doesn’t have to be a regular post–maybe you’re going to one of the pilgrimages and want to talk about what you’ve seen.
Our news roundup will pop back up on Monday when all of us will return to our regularly scheduled lives.
Categories: Historic Preservation
I, for one, love the site the way it is except that I would like to be able to just click a button for Like as on Facebook. I think you might find that your more philosophical posts are actually appreciated that way. I like them a lot, but rarely feel I have anything to add (or nothing that would take less time than I have– or space!) so I would like to be able to just say “I like that!”!
Well, that’s helpful–thanks! I had added these little rating buttons back in the summer but took them off because I thought they might be annoying, but I’ve added them back at your request. We’ll see how it goes–if I start getting lots of thumbs down, I might begin to cry.