Interim Thanks – To YOU
In the world of blogging, bragging about the traffic one gets is not inelegant nor silly nor childish – it is an important part of the game. I have learned this rule the hard way, in a career which is now at its seventh year, with four successful personal blogs (plus others in communion with others) on my back.
Why bragging ? Because readers must realize that they are not alone in appreciating the content that is offered. This actually rewards them for having had a good judgement when they added the site to their reader or just clicked a few posts and kept reading.
This blog, as you know, is a common effort of a few smart people from my University, directed by yours truly (T.D.). It is necessarily a limited-scope endeavour -the conference will be over soon, and while I can well imagine keeping this blog alive while we wait for next year’s edition, the interest it generated is likely going to decrease in the coming weeks. But material in the web is there forever, and these posts will continue to attract readers.
And now for the bragging part. I think it is remarkable that a small group of physicists can start such a thing and in the timescale of two weeks manage to attract a readership which is absolutely remarkable. Besides the fact that the readers here are not arriving here through silly google searches, but are for the largest part focused and instructed individuals and professionals (such that their hits count much more than the “casuals” you often get in a mature blog such as this one), the absolute number has exceeded my rosiest expectations.
Below is a hit graph spanning the 15 days of life of this blog. You can well observe an exponential growth, with a peak today of about 1500 readers (but the day is not over yet). Please note -if you are not an expert of this means of communication the detail might escape you: if you were to write an extremely successful article in a scientific magazine, you would be very, very happy if 1500 people read your text.
The arxiv knows the importance of blogs for the communication among scientists, and now automatically back-links from the abstract page of a paper the blog posts that cite it. So you should pay more attention to this tool, if you had not thought much of it before.
So for now I just wish to thank all my colleagues who are making this a very successful endeavour, and thank you who are helping it with your participation. Please, if you have questions or comments, don’t be shy – take the time to write it in the threads. At the conference today we asked speakers to contribute to answer the questions that arise here. It is part of the recipe for a success of the conference itself.
As for me, I am quite happy of doing this for free for NEUTEL, but I am considering the idea of offering my consulence to scientific conferences for a fee