It’s now been two years since I wrote my first post—happy birthday, little blog! *Blows noisemakers and distributes virtual birthday cake.* My posting frequency has been more erratic this year, but I’ve noticed something: my views-per-day never drop to zero anymore, even when it’s been weeks between new posts. It feels like crazy grad mama has found its little niche on the internet, and that’s nice. (Or maybe it’s just that the spambots know where to find me. I prefer to look on the bright side.)
My biggest post this year was the one about why I hate attachment parenting. It got shared by someone—I don’t know for sure, but I think it was the Skeptical OB—when it was posted in April, and continues to get new views nearly every day. I like to imagine that new moms are finding it through search terms about their own frustrations with the expectations and pseudoscience of parenthood.
And speaking of traffic, a big shout-out to nicoleandmaggie, whose Saturday Link Loves have been my biggest driver of views after social media and search engines. I was reading their blog long before I started my own, and it continues to be consistently excellent.
It’s been a big year outside of blogging, too. I got another research paper published, and we put out a little press release that got picked up and repeated by the standard science content-reporters (IFLS, Gizmodo, etc.). So now more people have read about my research than have read my blog, although I’m still quite sure that more people have read my blog than have read my actual research papers.
This coming year is going to be… well, it’s going to be full, and that’s about all I can predict with any accuracy. Expect posts about pregnancy and new babies, about gender and identities and finding one’s place, and about the stress of finally finishing a PhD. Oh gosh, what am I going to do about the blog’s name when I graduate? Maybe it’s time to invest in a fancy header.
Thanks for being here for the ride.