Monday, June 11, 2012

Happy Second Blogiversary to the Scottish Emigration Blog

Can you believe it? The Scottish Emigration Blog has reached its second year. It's been a fabulous twelve months here in diaspora land. Thank you all for coming along for the ride! Here is a round up of the year's statistics, which come from Blogger and Google Analytics. They keep track of things differently, don't ask me why.

According to Google Analytics 3,080 unique visitors have come from (in order):
  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. New Zealand
  6. Brazil
  7. Germany
  8. Sweden
  9. Philippines
  10. France
  11. Finland
  12. Ireland
  13. India
  14. Russia
  15. India
  16. Spain
  17. Switzerland
  18. Italy
  19. Netherlands
  20. Thailand
Blogger and Google Analytics both agree that the most popular item on the blog is the Find Emigrant Scots Page, a listing of Internet resources for researching Scottish emigrants.

Blogger isn't clever enough to compute statistics for the past year: the choices are day, week, month, and all time. None of which are very helpful for a year-end summary. So again, we turn to Google Analytics. Their list of top ten blog posts for the previous year are:
  1. Donald Whyte and A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants
  2. Immigrant Ancestor's Project from Brigham Young University
  3. Paper Surprises in Edinburgh
  4. 2 Articles by Tom Devine on his new book To The Ends of the Earth
  5. Does the Diaspora Care About Scotland?
  6. The Bookshelf: Coming to America by Roger Daniels
  7. Difficulties Research Scottish Emigrants, Part 1
  8. Scots Who Found the Modern World from BBC 2 Scotland
  9. My Ancestor was a Coal Miner from Scotland's Genealogy
  10. EmigranThursday - The Chisholm and Allan Families
Blogger says there are 55 followers to the blog and Feedburner counts an average of 120 subscribers.  If one searches for "Scottish emigration" on Google, the blog is the second item on the first page. That's quite an improvement over its page two placement this time last year. The entry on Donald Whyte is the also the second choice on the first page for a "Donald Whyte" search.

Since anniversaries usually come with presents, I got one for the blog: its own Kindle Blog version. For better or worse, Amazon sets the price, but if you love your Kindle as much as my mom loves her's, it's a nice feature. I hope my blog likes it. According the preview, 25 posts are available to read. Find it in the Kindle Store (US & UK only).

Thank you again, dedicated readers and followers, for staying with me during year two. I hope that by this time next year we will be celebrating the wild success of my book on Scotch Settlement. Well, wild in the academic history/genealogy world, not the JK Rowling world.


Paul Stroble said...

Congrats on this anniversary!!

Tray said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!! I look forward to many many more years of reading your wonderful blog. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Happy happy birthday!!! ... and may you have very many more.

Amanda E. Epperson said...

Thank you for the kind and encouraging words!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Happy blogiversary!

BDM said...

Hearty congratulations, Amanda! Keep it up!
- Brenda


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