12 months. 120 posts. 12,500 hits. So, how does TN rate?
At the end of 2010, my good hosts at “Team WordPress.com” had a huddle with their “Stats Helper Monkeys” (sometimes I think maybe I’m too old for all this), and notified me that TN placed at the level of “Wow”. The 11,000 hits TN had received through December 2010 were, I was told, the equivalent of 26 full 747s.
Now I suspect that puts me several national airlines behind your average blog on iPads and I can only dream of the kind of numbers that colleagues like Antoine Buyse get at seasoned forums like the ECHR Blog. On the other hand, when I was really honest with myself about the subject matter of this blog, I figured ’boutiquey’ was about as high as I could shoot and by that standard I believe we have more than succeeded.
So, to all the frequent flyers, a heartfelt thank you for your support, your comments and your sustained interest. I hope our service will continue to improve and that we might even pick up a few new destinations this year. And particular gratitude goes to my co-pilots, friends and colleagues who contributed their time and insights as guest-bloggers:
- Chris Huggins on the Endorois decision, the commercial ‘land rush‘, and land and identity in DRC (forthcoming);
- Peter van der Auweraert on changes to restitution legislation in Iraq;
- Barbara McCallin on land and displacement in Côte d’Ivoire;
- Alexandre Corriveau-Bourque on land disputes in Liberia;
- Massimo Moratti on return in Bosnia and critiques of the Bosnia model for restitution;
- Esteban Leon on new guidelines on land issues in natural disasters;
- Marcus Cox on the Kyrgyzstan referendum;
- Åsa Henriksson on oil extraction-related reparations claims in Sudan;
- Leticia Marques Osorio and César Augusto Baldi on indigenous land rights in Brazil;
- Natalie Bugalski on the World Bank resettlement policy and displacement caused by a railways rehabilitation project in Cambodia;
- Sebastián Albuja on the new restitution bill in Colombia and IDMC’s report on the same topic;
- Shane Quinn on the UN human rights mapping report in DRC;
- Jon Unruh on land rights and humanitarian demining (forthcoming); and
- Gerard Toal on the effects of return and non-return in Bosnia (forthcoming).
In kicking off TN’s second year, I would like to invite even more of you to weigh in with guest postings, comments, feedback, suggestions, etc. If there is one lesson I’ve learned after twelve months of this, it is that TN is a lot more fun as a forum than as a soapbox. Happy 2011!