Looking Back at 2010

In keeping with the tradition we started last January 1, let’s take a look back at the development of MissPres in 2010.

This year, we added four new authors, beginning with W. White in March, Jack Elliott in May, Thomas J. Rosell in July, and picking up the News Roundup in October, JRGordon. Thanks to these contributors, and Mr. Tom Barnes, who’s been around since almost the beginning, MissPres has developed in new ways, has broadened its audience, and brings new perspectives on old issues. The door is always open for new authors: if you love Mississippi’s history–specifically as it relates to its built environment–and believe in preserving that history and want to share your interests with others, just shoot me an e-mail and we’ll see where it goes from there.

Now for the stats for 2010, the first full year for our little blog:

General Stats (Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2009)

Page Views: 70,817 (89,256 all-time)
Posts: 288 (580 total)
Comments: 1951 (2560 total)
Busiest day: 635 views on February 4, 2010 (this was a Name this Place contest week)
Busiest month: 7,966 (December 2010)
E-mail Subscribers: 64 (from 6 in 2009)

Top Posts for 2010

Most Highly Rated Posts (Thumbs up)

Most Comments on a Post

What do these statistics tell us? Well, MissPres has gained more regular readers than it had last year, by a large multiple, and these regular readers have started feeling comfortable leaving comments and even becoming authors to express their opinions and interests, which is one major goal I had when I started the blog in Feb 2009.

Have we saved any buildings this year that wouldn’t have been saved otherwise? How will we ever know? As I’ve mentioned before, the jury is still out in my opinion about the tangible value of social media as an advocacy tool. I read a fascinating perspective on this topic in the New Yorker a couple months ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. By Malcolm Gladwell, it’s titled “Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted” and I highly recommend it as a thought-provoking beginning to your new year.

Happy 2011, y’all!

Categories: Historic Preservation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: