This annual report didn’t come out promptly on January 1 as I used to insist on doing, but eh, I’m older and wiser now and there was too much football watching and napping to do this holiday weekend to be prompt. Here are our numbers for 2014.
General Stats (Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2014)
Page Views: 257,127, from 206,860 in 2013 (marching on to ONE MILLION in 2015 we hope)
Posts: 203, down from 220 in 2013, giving us 1,597 posts for your reading pleasure
Comments: 1,557, down from 2,186 in 2012 (7,958 total)
Busiest day: 2,223 on November 5, 2014
Busiest month: 27,997 (September 2014)
E-mail Subscribers: 650, from 493 at the end of 2013.
Like all bloggers, we love comments, good or bad, so we know someone out there is interested, so we resolve to be more interesting in 2015 than we were in 2014. If comments are still down this time next year, we’ll become shock jocks, so start commenting, y’all!
For four years, our Mt. Holly post, written in February 2010, held to the spot as the most-viewed posts but in 2014, another Abandoned Mississippi post, Vicksburg’s Kuhn Hospital, blew away the competition. My wish for 2014, as for previous years, is that this will be the year that all our now-abandoned places, especially Mt. Holly, will get new chances at life. My second wish is that next year’s winner will be “What is Rock Lath?” because that’s a question that everyone should know the answer to.
In last year’s annual report, I made the following resolutions:
- Malvaney to get on the ball and get a more regular posting schedule
- Mississippi preservationists help at least one endangered landmark get back to life
On the first, around September 2014, I finally re-started the News Roundup, which I find valuable for keeping us all informed but very labor intensive. Now that I’m kind of in the groove again, I hope to keep this feature going, and could use your help for news in your neck of the woods, since many local newspapers have cut online access to non-subscribers (which I understand completely). If something is going on in your community that you think should be announced to the World Wide Web, just shoot me an email.
Looking back over last year’s posts, I see a 20th-century theme with Suzassippi’s New Deal series, Thomas Rosell’s Mid-Century Medical posts, and the Mississippi Pilgrimage and Roadside Mississippi series, along with several posts introducing us to Chris Risher of Meridian to shed light on the endangered Meridian Police Station.
Speaking of posting schedules, WordPress made our posting pattern into a work of art (note that they sent this to me the week before Christmas, so the number of posts for the year is off from the real total above):
On the second resolution, although Prospect Hill‘s road has been bumpy, many many preservationists have worked hard this year to keep it propped up until some sticky deed and other legal issues could be resolved, and we hope and cross our fingers that its salvation is close at hand. Both Prospect Hill and Waverley embarked on Indiegogo crowd-funding projects in 2014, the first time I’ve seen that and possibly a good fund-raising model for other historic preservation projects.
In 2015, I have big plans, including a new series on HABS in Mississippi and finally the long-promised Craftsman in Mississippi series. Maybe you have an idea for a post or series of posts–let us know–we love volunteers!
As always, we hope to be unabashed promoters for preserving Mississippi’s historic places, from your local house museum or old school to the architecturally significant Modernist police station to the New Capitol. If you’ve been on the ride with us this last year, thank you; if you’re just joining us, welcome and let’s get to work!
Categories: Historic Preservation