By pretty much every metric, this month was the best month we’ve had at Southern Fried Science since the pandemic began. It turns out people do still read blogs and just a little bit of effort posting regular updates goes a long way. 13,500 of you stopped by to see what we were writing and we’re glad to have you.
So what were the top posts for January, 2024? A lot of new ones and a few classics (the captive whale shark article is 14 years old!). In order of popularity.
- The world’s largest cold water coral reef lies beside the first experimental deep-sea mining test site
- I was the entertainment at a 5th birthday party: A new favorite science communication gig
- A good joint is built to last: archaeologists uncover evidence for the earliest structural use of wood.
- Cherry, Maple, and Walnut: My 2023 woodworking year in review.
- Alberta, Canada is the proud owner of the largest man-made pyramid on the planet
- 15 things I’m proudest of in 15 years of science blogging
- I turned my woodshop into a personal solar farm.
- It is your ocean. You should have access to the tools to study it.
- Ethical Debate: Captive whale sharks
Our biggest referrers were the usual suspects: Google, Bing, and Facebook. But more folks are finding the blog through the WordPress Android App. And, in a turn that is not unexpected but still a little surprising, Twitter has fallen from it’s longstanding position as the top social media referrer. Facebook, Reddit, and LinkedIn all surpassed the once venerable site and even upstart BlueSky, with a fraction of Twitter’s userbase, drove 2.5X as much traffic as Twitter.