On the 14th Anniversary of Wickersham’s Conscience


Probably not “Awesome” and certainly not “Loved,” but, yeah, 14 years

Today marks the 14th birthday of this blog. In celebration, WC will offer some statistics and a few thoughts.

At this date, there are 4,975 published blog posts. All but seven of them written by WC. That’s a lot of words. In fact, at an average length of about 750 words, that’s over 3.7 million words, more or less.

The posts have been viewed by just over 2.5 million readers. Those readers have come from every country in the world except the far arctic Svalbard and two Central African countries, Niger and Chad.

About 1,057 folks “follow” Wickersham’s Conscience; that is, they’ve signed up to get an email notice when a post goes up. Of course, unless WC makes a scheduling error, posts go up at 6:15 AM Mountain time every day.

The most popular single post – twice as many views as any other – was WC’s essay on the possibly mythical story of Kafka and the little girl. More proof, if you needed it, that WC genuinely follows the Magpie Principle, and has no idea what posts will prove popular.

The post that gets the most views from outside links – WordPress calls them “referrals” – is WC’s review of a biography of a former Cubs’ star, the late Hack Wilson. Wilson, the all-time leader in single season runs batted in (RBI), is a sad story. WC’s book review was linked in the Wikipedia entry on Wilson.

Possibly the oddest post was one of the Tales from Wasilla, Allie.

The most popular subject is the Quitter, Sarah Palin. Ironically, WC strongly dislikes writing about her, because attention, any attention, is what she seeks and the behavior shouldn’t be rewarded.

The least popular posts are the Bird of the Week series. Spoiler Alert: WC will continue to write them, regardless. It’s also the longest-running series, appearing Saturdays since early 2016.

Pretty much all of those 4,975 blog posts remain available on-line. External links may be broken – WC makes no effort to keep external links current in historic posts – but all of the photos should be present.

How much longer will the blog run? Impossible to say. Tomorrow, pretty much for sure. A 15th Anniversary? Unknown.

WC’s profound and sincere thanks to each and all of the readers who stop by to have a look, to sometimes comment or click a “Like,” and even take time to email.

As a thank you gift, WC is starting an upgrade to the much-neglected menubar on the blog’s home page. Monthly, more or less, WC will update a series of pages focusing on names, titled “Just Words,” starting with “Painted.” The page will display things WC has photographed with “Painted” in their names. Other words will follow. Enjoy, and thanks again for reading the blog.

7 thoughts on “On the 14th Anniversary of Wickersham’s Conscience

  1. Ah, thank you for blogging. A bright spot of sanity, logic, knowledge, and humor in my life. And the photos of beautiful birds – truly some are ‘feathered jewels.’

    (Although I do wish you would rethink your stance on the Oxford comma.)

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  2. I too thank you for blogging and introducing me to all kinds of information I never would have encountered were it not for you. I truly appreciate your sense of humour and your skill at skewering boneheadedness, greed and hubris. And I love bird photos and info. Please keep atit. Oops – at it.

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  3. I’ve been reading for less than a year, but when a current post mentions related content in previous posts, I almost always jump down the rabbit hole for the ancillary data.

    I’ve forwarded many of your regional explorational/geological (Steens Mtns, Alvord Lake) posts to a group of my friends and some are now followers.

    I forwarded your post about Don Young to an Uncle in Fairbanks. He alluded to how some of your commentary was accurate, but ended with, “but he sure brought the bacon home to Alaska.” No surprise there.

    Closing thoughts… Keep up the writing WC, and Go Mary Peltola!

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  4. I like your Bird of the Week posts! They may have a somewhat rarified audience, but it’s an enthusiastic one.

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