Days 82-85: Fall 2013 in Review

I’m about to raise a glass, my 180 blog is a semester old! Oh, and I saw P!nk on Saturday night, so this:

Yesterday was our last day of class in physics. Even though the kids still have exams through Thursday and a Christmas service on Friday, I’m closing this blog up for the semester. Before I do, let’s look at the numbers:

How many posts did I fake?

Um, not telling. I will say there are several posts I made after the fact (based on actual events?) for which I put together a staged photo. Let’s look at this from the positive side — I count 28 posts that include students in the picture, so about 35%.

Lesson learned? I don’t do enough hands-on if only about 35% of my days included something cool enough to photograph — and that includes the day we lit steel wool with a 9V battery.

How many people read it?

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Meh, I don’t get a lot from hit counters — these bars don’t fairly reflect the last 5 months. October had more school days than November and December is only half over. But there you have it, my best day had 120 views and best month right at 500 views.

How’d they get referred here?

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Far and away, folks read my 180 blog based on my automatic Tweets when I post. Is this true for other 180 blogs? Search engines accounted for almost zero interesting traffic — some were url’s plugged in to Google and most others were searches on my name.

What’s the hardest part?

Making posts on time. Runner up: finding something interesting in every single school day.

Ideally, the workflow goes something like this: 1) snap a photo of something interesting from class and 2) write up a quick paragraph, pair it with the best picture, and post. The WordPress app on my phone should have made that easy. Turns out step 1 was most often my downfall. Some days it never occurred to me to snap a photo. Habits take time to build though and my advice to aspiring 180 bloggers is that you never skip a day.

On days where classes were finishing an assignment I blogged about the day before, I usually offered up an organization tip or extracurricular activity.

Homework

  1. Do you have a favorite post I made this semester? Which?
  2. What’s your favorite thing about reading 180 blogs? Least favorite?
  3. Do you keep a 180 blog? Link or it didn’t happen. Do you think you might in the future if not now?

It’s been a blast and I’ll definitely continue into the spring semester. Now, I should probably grade that stack of exams from yesterday.

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