2010 in review

WordPress sent me this information on this blog that might be of interest to those of you who post. It is beginning to generate some traffic which is good and I’m personally very pleased to see a few people are starting to use it for advice on species identfication as well as RFIs for countries, sites etc. But please do spread the word – this isn’t really meant to be a blog, but it is meant to be a forum which we can all use to share information and ask questions.

I got back from Madagascar yesterday – great trip with 42 different mammals in less than 2 weeks and nearly all of them new for me. A report will come soon. In the meantime happy new year to all of you


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 148 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 315 posts. There were 27 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 1st with 136 views. The most popular post that day was RFI: December mammals in Chicago area.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mammalwatching.com, mail.live.com, naturetours.ee, google.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for wolverine animal, weasels, amur leopard cat, mammal watching, and wolverines animals.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


RFI: December mammals in Chicago area October 2010


Rocky Mountain Wolverine Redux February 2009


New Trip Report: SW USA, Washington State and Vancouver Island September 2010


Amur Leopard Cat Photo May 2009
1 comment


New Trip Report – Western USA May 2010


  • Morgan Churchill

    This website really has become an incredible source of info for mammalwatchers, whose numbers can only grow as more info becomes available.

    I got to hang out with John Fox last week, and finally add Southern Flying Squirrel to my lifelist in DC, something which would not have happened without the website.

  • Jon Hall

    Thanks Morgan. Its absolutely the case that birders have so much information and so many networks to turn to. Mammal watchers don’t . So I hope this site helps fill the gap. It is starting to work in the USA at least but I hope its will broaden its reach. Meanwhile I am going to DC next weekend … poor John is going to get sick of looking at those Flying Squirrels!

  • Vladimir Dinets

    Yes, the website has become a great resource. Thank you for creating it!
    Have you considered linking short information bits that appear here in the Forum part to corresponding country chapters? As they slide down, they become difficult to find.

    • Jon Hall

      Thanks Vladimir – that is a very good idea and something I will start doing more of (occasionally I think I have done this but will trawl through the blog and do some more). Meantime if there are any particular entries you remember that ought to be linked to the site please let me know


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