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Happy Christmas and a huge thank you to anyone who has been reading this blog over its first few months. Back in September when I started writing I had no idea what would happen over the following months. I had high hopes of maintaining a reasonably regular flow of posts and I had many ideas on what to write. It turns out that achieving this while also dealing with a busy day job, unexpected events in my personal life and a global pandemic in the background was not as easy as I thought. With that said, I am quite pleased with how the first four months have turned out.
Looking at the site statistics I can see that easily my most popular articles were the three posts I wrote to review the first three planets shown in the Netflix Alien Worlds show (Atlas, Janus and Eden). This definitely raised a lot of interest and I had many more page views shortly after it was released than before.
My next most popular post was my overview on the personal project, Khthonia. Sadly, this has not progressed significantly further in the time since I have started this blog as I have used my spare time to write articles instead. Clearly that is something that I need to work on in 2021.
From looking at the site statistics and I can see that around a third of the page views come from the US and a third from the UK, with the remainder spread over the rest of the world.
It's also interesting seeing where the page referrals come from. At the moment, the Speculative Evolution Forum and Planet Furaha blog are in the lead followed by Reddit. Facebook, Google and Twitter have also helped.
Speaking of which, I definitely need to thank Sigmund Nastrazzurro from the Planet Furaha blog for inviting me to write the guest posts on lighter than air organisms. Ballonts VIII: Blue Sky Thinking (Part 1) investigated whether soap bubbles could be a viable approach for alien life to float in the skies. Ballonts IX: Blue Sky Thinking (Part 2) concluded by considered whether the wonder material graphene could be used to enable small floating organisms. Writing these two articles spurred me to start this blog as it seemed I had things to say that were of interest to people.
Also, I really do appreciate reading every single comment on my posts. A key aim of this blog has been to encourage engagement with other people as that helps me shape my ideas as well. Therefore, comments are extremely important. If you haven't commented before on any of my posts, then please do reconsider and say something. Just say what you did or didn't like about the post, ask a question if something needs clarification or just point out where I've made a mistake.
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Until next year, Happy Holidays.