This is the 131st DeanOnCampus blog! My first blog was just over three years ago, July 12, 2010 to be precise. I had been on the job for one week, had met about 100 people, read 30 or 40 documents, sifted through 200 emails, and likened the experience to drinking from a fire hose [by the way…the ‘fire hose’ has not let up]!
Since then I have taken a few hours each week to highlight some of the great achievements in our faculty, issues in the healthcare space, alumni, events, becoming a Kingstonian, family moments and had guest bloggers (students, faculty, my son and daughter). I have learned a lot from the blogging experience, the power of social media and the challenges of “being out there” in the world of digital communications. To be sure, sometimes one needs a thick skin. I also didn’t realize that it is a lot of work, most Sunday evenings, getting the blog ready for the week.
So was it worth it? To answer this question, I had some statistics pulled up from Google Analytics that I would like to share with you. Since we started tracking DeanOnCampus in June 2011: there have been 37,948 unique visitors and 207,749 page views. The readers have been largely Canadian (88%), but there have been visits from 57 other countries including more than 5,500 from the U.S.; 858 from Australia; 708 from the UK; 272 from India and about 100 visits from the Bahamas, Singapore and Germany. About one third have been 1st time visitors with two thirds return visitors. The two most-read posts: “Obesity epidemic”, is the term unjustified and a harmful scare tactic?”, and Social issues and the U.S. Election
All in all, I believe the blog has been a worthwhile, and for me, a new and very interesting way to engage with different audiences. Now, three years in, I would like to cast the net out to DeanOnCampus readers for some ideas on subject matter: ‘you tell me’ what you would like to hear about. While “dean” is in the title of the blog, it really belongs to you, the reader.
So if you have any stories from the blogosphere to share or ideas for an interesting story, please comment on this post… or better yet, please drop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.