One year ago today I migrated over from Blogger to Weebly. I have really enjoyed Weebly's platform and am glad that I made the move. But more exciting than that is the audience engagement. I have been so surprised at the amount of views this blog gets on a daily basis. There are anywhere from 100 to 1,000 views each day from all around the world, and for the last year the numbers are as follows (thanks to Google Analytics):
168,963 page views from over 129 countries and 3,503 cities. Of the 129 countries, the top 10 are:
I have put a good bit of time into the posts and have had two, main goals: 1) to bring new information about manuscripts (e.g., via papyrological notes, publications, information about discoveries) and 2) to write quality reviews of academic books. I have managed to review 8 books in the last year, and some of these reviews were published later in journals. Publishers have been willing to send me review copies because of the quality of my reviews, and for those companies (Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Baylor, Baker, Eerdmans, Oxford, T&T Clark, etc.), I am most grateful.
I want to thank all my readers for continuing to read this blog. If there are topics you would like me to address, books you would like me to review, or changes you would like to see made to the blog, please do not hesitate to let me know. I am thinking about some new ways of making the blog better, and I would love your thoughts. I am tentatively thinking of using Screenflow to facilitate tutorials on how to edit papyri, decipher letters in papyri, etc. I have also thought about incorporating a nice forum into the website so that papyrologists, textual critics, classicists and biblical scholars can discuss matters related to texts, archaeology, methodology, contexts, etc., but I don't know if this is needed/desired or not. Anyway, let me know your thoughts either in the comments here or via e-mail. Thanks!