Content Roundup for August 2013

I haven’t done a month-end round-up post in a while – since the beginning of the year in fact. Since there was a ton of good content on the blog this month, I thought I might revive that.

I kicked the month off with a bang with a software review of the infamous Block Bot that sparked many reply posts and conversation. But interestingly enough, despite the old adage of how courting controversy is best for blog hits, that post was left in the dust by the most-read blog post in August (more than 2.5 times the traffic). You’ll have to read on to find out what that one is.

I’ve also got the most popular posts I made on social media, my podcast and webcast appearances and more.

Read on to see what you might have missed…

Blogging & other Writing

Wondering which post beat out the block bot post for popularity in August?  Well here they are from most page views to least:

Yes, the post on Do Not Link had over 2.5 times the pageviews of the Block Bot post. By the way, I think those bottom two on the list definitely deserve a few more views. Please look at them if you haven’t.

Mentions and links elsewhere:

The In Memoriam slides were cross-posted to randi.org and of course on YouTube.

Podcasting & Video

I contributed segments to these episodes of Skepticality and Virtual Skeptics:

  • August 7: Virtual Skeptics Episode #51 – I followed up on the reaction to my post about The Block Bot.
  • August 13: Skepticality #212: The Science of This vs. That – I covered David Mabus, The Block Bot, Lanyrd speaker directory and the TAM 2013 In Memoriam reel
  • August 14: Virtual Skeptics Episode #52 – Lanyrd speaker directory, Do Not Link tool and the TAM 2013 In Memoriam
  • August 28: Virtual Skeptics Episode #54 – Reverse image search as a skeptic tool

Mentions on other podcasts and webcasts:

  • August 11: Skeptic Zone podcast Episode #251 – Interview with me about What’s the Harm by Richard Saunders at TAM 2013.
  • August 26: Skeptical Connections podcast #20 – Susan Gerbic plugged my Web of Trust articles on this blog.

Social Media

I posted on Twitter:

  • 247 regular tweets, including:
    • 16 “What’s the harm in…?” stories
    • 31 daily skeptic history facts
    • 68 retweets of other people
  • Plus 172 replies to other Twitter posts for a total of 419 tweets

(Much, but not all, of this is also cross-posted to Facebook. A limited subset is cross-posted to Google Plus).

Here are highlights, the tweets that were retweeted and favorited the most.

Everybody loves Randi:

To get these as I post them, you should follow me on Twitter here.

Crowdsourcing Contributions

Here were my contributions to various projects in August:

I contributed 4 edits to Wikipedia.

I rated 1 site on Web of Trust but left no new site scorecard comments.

I made 14 edits to the Skeptic History database. It now has 1,479 items in it.

I added 8 new rebuttals to RBUTR.

I made 343 edits on Lanyrd - my guide to skeptic conferences (link in the sidebar at right) now contains 211 events, 23 coming up in 2013 and 2014 as well as 188 past events.  (See the post on the Lanyrd speaker directory for why info on past events is so important).

And on to September…

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About Tim Farley
Focused on online misinformation, Tim Farley is a software engineer, computer security expert and scientific skeptic who created the site What's The Harm. He is a Past Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

3 Responses to Content Roundup for August 2013

  1. The post about Do Not Link was EXTREMELY useful, so I’m not surprised.

  2. lol- the Do Not Link was more popular because it allows us to not give traffic to the controversial blog posts.

  3. Pingback: Virtual Skeptics #55 – 9/4/2013 | The Virtual Skeptics

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