You'd Prefer An Argonaute

2010 in review

Posted in Blog Affairs by YPAA on January 7, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at 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 Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2010. That’s about 31 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 80 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 154 posts. There were 69 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 51mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 144 views. The most popular post that day was Venki Ramakrishnan: the Cadillac of ribosome structure investigators.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,, Google Reader,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cadillac, argonaute, fabio, scott valastyan, and harry noller.

Attractions in 2010

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


Venki Ramakrishnan: the Cadillac of ribosome structure investigators October 2009


About me and my contributors March 2009


Harry Noller got shafted by the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry October 2009
1 comment


Scott Valastyan teaches Bob Weinberg about microRNAs June 2009
1 comment


The History of the Argonaute, Part 1 June 2009


YPAA’s notes:

The above was automatically prepared by WordPress and emailed to me; pretty nifty it is.

Visitors that arrived through Google searches did come in droves for Cadillac pictures (see above–isn’t she a beaut?), as I noted in an earlier post, and some for Fabio pictures (not to mention Eva Longoria pictures).

I’ll note, however, that the vast majority of Google searches that link to this blog are for more predictable strings (almost always abbreviated/shorthand, and so rarely recur), e.g. on January 5th people searched for “argonaute piwi protein family” and “youd prefer an argo” and then landed here. One thing I have learned blogging is that Google can be a strange beast–at great frequency it gives you the content you want regardless of context, so if you have random pictures on your webpage largely irrelevant to any other content there, like I do occasionally, Google still sends ’em in and then it obviously becomes a reinforcing cycle.

And the Top 5 posts in 2010 were all written in 2009?! Hey, they’re oldies but goodies.

Let’s fill more than 31 747’s in ’11!!!


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