It's that time of the year again where I look back and see what has happened over the past 365 days in the life of this blog. So far in 2014... ...I have posted 33 posts ...that received over four hundred thousand views ...from 218 countries/territories ...with 595 comments The most popular post of the year was my scathing interrogation of Discovery Channel's nefarious tactics, with my complete shredding of Sharkageddon not far behind. Second most popular was my step-by-step analysis of the death of Marius the giraffe. Last year's posts on how dolphins might not be getting high on tetrodotoxin and my open letter to Discovery Channel for their terrible Megalodon fauxmentary stayed in the top ten this year. Other critiques also did very well, as my comments on George Will and Rosie O'Donnell also landed in the top ten. Other popular posts included 19 things more deadly than sharks at the beach, why the trust hormone increases deceit, and how sea stars see.
It's 'Dr. Wilcox' now! Perhaps the highlight of the blogging year, though, was winning the second place prize in the 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize, The Strange Quark, for my piece and about how allergies may have evolved to save your life. I've also been busy outside of the blog—I successfully defended my dissertation this month, exchanging "Ms." for "Dr.". The Complete Guide to Science Blogging, which I am co-editing with Bethany Brookshire and Jason Goldman, will hopefully be coming out near the end of 2015, and I'm in the final stages of writing my first non-fiction pop-science book on venoms. I just got back from almost two weeks in the Peruvian Amazon—stay tuned for more stories from that next year. Overall, it's been an incredible year, and I look forward to the challenges, surprises, and joys of the year to come. Thank you to all of you who read this blog: let's keep this bio-nerdy party going all through 2015!
Fireworks image (c) Mark Wooding, from Wikipedia