The number of posts, which by all accounts isn’t that bad since I was away for 4 months on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, and away for most of May.
The most popular posts this year were:
- Personal academic websites for faculty & grad students: the why, what, and how (a perennial favourite, it seems)
- The advantages of Google Scholar for early-career academics
- Beware the academic hipster (or, use what works for you) UPDATED
- Who are scientists?
- How #icanhazpdf can hurt our academic libraries
- Some lessons learned from 10 years of sciencing
- How did we learn that birds migrate (and not to the moon)? A stab in the dark
- Why volunteer field techs are a bad idea
- Now accepting submissions: CrapWildlifeVolunteerJobs.tumblr.com
- Future of Visiting Fellowship postdoc program in doubt
Like most writers, I think some my favourite bits are missing from this list, like tips for applying for field jobs,or how to be an LGBTQ ally at conferences, or the continued under-representation of women in NSERC major awards.
The number of page views this year. I continue to be amazed that there are people out there who are interested in the ramblings of a wayward Canuck navigating the world as best he can. My deepest thanks.
The number of countries/autonomous regions represented by those readers. Wow.
Days I spent in the field, on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island. I hope to have a post on time spent in the field sometime in the new year. Suffice it to say, it’s a long time, and filled with rewards and challenges.
The number of new papers published this year, up from 10 last year thanks to some exceptionally productive co-authors! Many of them were also a glut from postdoc work that have finally seen the light of day. I think this reflects more my career stage than productivity: I suddenly have staff, and a glut of collaborative projects.
The number of co-authors I had in 2015.
My Gender Gap for co-authors in 2015 (the ratio of female:male coauthors). Not particularly happy about this one, but I will take some solace in the fact that I inherited several projects that had a large number of male collaborators. Need to do better next year.
The number of posts I have started this year, but not finished for various reasons. Not happy about that one, either, since I think they’re all important things to write about, and I think I have some thoughts to contribute.
The number of keyboards that died on me this year. Was it something I
The size, in ml, of the average Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross egg, which has remained unchanged since at least 1854. Just one of the highlights of a paper I’m working on at the moment.
The number of family members lost this year who told me I could do anything.
Here’s to a happy, productive, and successful 2016!