WordPress alerted me recently that I have had this blog now for two years! It started as a way to help me try to get my head around the new Nature of Science components of the syllabus and its readership grew very slowly – I think it was mostly my own students who used it for the first six months or so. But it has grown steadily since the first examination period last May and I hope it will continue to be useful to IB Biology students.
I thought it might be interesting to see some of the blog statistics (I teach science, after all!) from the first two years and see what it tells us. I would love to hear back from students or teachers who use the blog to find out what works and what doesn’t and what I should add or do more of.
Readership grew slowly over 2015 (988 views), which makes sense as that was the last exam period for the old syllabus. However things picked up in 2016, which recorded just under 7000 views for the year. Already, 2017 has nearly surpassed the whole of 2015.
Excluding the home page/archives, which tops the list at over 4000 views, here is the top ten most visited pages at the blog:
There is a clear difference between the top 4 (average of 551 views) and the remainder of the top ten. No doubt this is due to cyclins, Harvey, Davson-Danielli model and Florey and Chaim appearing on either the specimen, May or November exam papers. Students should be aware, though, that what was on a previous paper is no guarantee of what will be on the next one – there is a lot of content in the biology syllabus and students should make an effort to review across all topics, rather than just a handful. I would imagine that there might be some new NOS questions and topics on the next exam paper.
No surprises here! The most views in a day was set on May 3, 2016 – the day before the biology exams!
I imagine that Sunday 30 April 2017 might surpass this!
Interestingly, there was not a similar spike in the November exams – perhaps because there are fewer students? For the entire month of November, according to the country data, the only November session country in the top ten was Singapore.
This is still amazing to me – that something I publish can be read and used by students from 109 countries on every inhabited continent! The top ten countries in order are: USA, Cambodia, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, Germany, Australia and Switzerland. Not surprising, as according to the May 2016 Statistical Bulletin, the USA (1), Canada (2), UK (3) and Hong Kong (10) are all in the top ten countries for IB candidates. It would be great to hit every country with an IBDP program!
How do they get here?
Besides search engines (the biggest source of visitors- 2676 in 2016) most people hear about the blog via twitter (168 views over 2016). I know a lot of high school students don’t necessarily use twitter so I need to think of some other ways to engage with them – any ideas would be welcome!
So there it is – two years of data on the Nature of Science blog. It would be remiss of me as a science teacher not to review the numbers and use them to help guide the site forwards.
Thanks to all who have followed, commented, liked or retweeted the blog – what began as a way to help my own students has developed into something much larger and I hope I can continue to make this a valuable resource for students and teachers worldwide.
As always, please let me know what you think!