Monday, January 03, 2011

History of this blog in 2010

This blog cranked out 369 separate posts in 2010's 365 days.  Closing in on 40,000 visitors since we started counting a couple of years ago, we now hit almost 4000 pageviews some months. Search terms that brought readers to the blog included "Canadian history blog,"  "Canadian History," and "Natalie Zemon Davis," whose wonderfulness we did mention 3 separate times last year.  The most readers come from Canada, then the US some way behind, and way down are Norway (!), the UK, Germany, and India.

Oh, and in the December 30th year-end review of Peter Mansbridge and the CBC "At Issue" panel, Andrew Coyne picked up on the idee fixe of my political postings, observing that one way to fix Canadian politics would be to return to having the caucus hire the leader instead of vice versa.  You could probably find the podcast here.

After our 2009 Christmas break, we came back strong early in January with a flurry of posts, including this one on the prorogation crisis.

In February we nominated the Worst Quebecker.

In March we linked to an American history blog's musings on life in archives -- on which topic you should also see Susan Crean's excellent essay in the current Literary Review of Canada, tho' it's just for paper subscribers right now, the online edition not being up yet. (Update, Jan 11: it's up now, but they left the author's name off somehow.)

In April we followed the nasty Orlando Figes scandal.

In May we pondered the history of corn.

In June we reviewed five years of history blogging

In July we argues that Canadian cities should insist on responsible government. and went a bit crazy for Ryder Hesjedal and the Tour de France.

In August we considered the historical works of Jane Austen and Tony Judt.

In September we launched the contributions of our co-bloggers Mary Stokes and Jordan Kerr, who have been ubiquitous since.  Thanks team!

In October we were looking into the history of Brother Andre.

In November I marked the centenary of my father's birth with a series on his century.  Thanks to readers who said they liked it.

In December we were taken with Ramsay Cook's doubts about compulsory history courses being a path to better citizenship.

Hope to assemble that promised best of CanHist 2010... was it a kinda thin year?
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