ENB statistical year in review: 2016

Here are the top 10 ENB posts (excluding the home page) from 2016. Posts in bold were published in 2016. The others were published in other years.

    1. 12 eco-themed Halloween costumes
    2. Giant park data repository will include almost 14,000 cities
    3. 10 Awesome Instagram Accounts That Science Geeks Should Follow
    4. Where to donate your used stuff in Champaign-Urbana
    5. DOE commits more than $1.7 million to help commercialize promising Argonne-associated energy technologies
    6. New journal call for papers: Journal of Water Process Engineering
    7. Clif Bar Proves That Corporate Social Responsibility Can Win Customers
    8. Announcing the Winners of the Second Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge
    9. Neat reuse idea: Pallet sofa
    10. How Did the Flint Water Crisis Happen?

The top posts are half from 2016 and half from the archives. In the previous two years, 70% of the top 10 posts were from the archives, so this year’s list represents a change, although it’s too soon to say whether it’s a trend.

If you remove the archived posts from the top 10, here are the five other posts from 2016 that would have made the cut:

The biggest single issue that I covered in 2016 was the Flint Water Crisis (63 posts). Given the ongoing environmental health implications, I expect to continue posting on the topic fairly often in 2017 and beyond. I also expect that we’ll see more stories about similar conditions in other cities and towns (see The Next Flint Water Crisis) given that the nation’s water delivery infrastructure isn’t a public policy priority until a crisis occurs.

There were 8,816 visitors to ENB in 2016. They viewed 14,846 pages. Both of these numbers are down from 2015, although the number of pages viewed per visitor increased slightly from 1.67 to 1.68. Most traffic to the site comes from search engines, LinkedIn, and Twitter (in that order). There are also 76 people following ENB on WordPress and via e-mail. Their page views aren’t counted in WordPress’ stats counts.

Thanks for reading in 2016. I hope you continue to tune in during 2017.


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