WordPress generated helpful stats, which shed some light on what readers look for in this bloghouse.
So what were you most curious about in 2014, my blogospheric audience?
- Technology. The story of my wheeling around a conference in a doppelbot was the most popular post of 2014.
- The queen sacrifice. One post about this sign of campus financial crisis was widely clicked on.
- Adjuncts. My screed against an especially awful opinion piece was the third most popular post.
- Economics of inequality in education. Notes on Thomas Piketty’s implications for higher education received significant clickery.
- Libraries. Reflections on a new survey about academic libraries rounded out the top five.
If I can draw conclusions from these results, one might be that a majority of them (adjuncts, inequality, queen sacrifice) concern the bad economic situation of higher education. This wasn’t something that loomed large in my mind in 2012 or 2013, but it seems to have grown in an emergent way. That’s partly because, in order to think about the future of education, I need to grapple with the present. Much of the discussion around technology in education avoids economics, or only touches on it lightly. Most of the general conversation around higher ed makes related mistakes: reporting on a handful of schools, or downplaying stories of institutional crisis. So I’ll keep on with this.
You readers still look for technology posts, and I’ve not been a good provider on this score. So I’ll ramp up the digital. Ditto libraries.
Beyond the stats… 2014 felt like a productive year in this bloghouse.
I managed a decent rhythm, only knocked into silence by epic travel or killer deadlines.
I like the emergent topics. And I especially appreciate you commentators and linkers, who make this kneaded dough rise.
On to 2015!
(cartoon by Robert Sanzalone)