Snapshot: A Day in the Life of South Carolina School Libraries

The South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) held their 2011 Conference March 9 – 11.  During the conference, the SCASL Advocacy Committee announced their initiative “Snapshot: A Day in the Life of South Carolina School Libraries.”  The purpose of the initiative is to gather information from school libraries across South Carolina to share with administrators, school board members, and legislators.

If you are a South Carolina school librarian, you are urged to participate.  Let’s gather data that proves the vital role we play in the education of our students.  Please click on the link for more information about this initiative.

SnapshotADayintheLifeofSouthCarolinaSchoolLibraries

2010 in Review

Today, WordPress.com provided me with information concerning this blog’s 2010 status.  I thought readers might be interested in some of that information as well as how I hope to use it to improve this blog.

From WordPress.com

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:

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 43 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 142 posts. There were 69 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 1 picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 15th with 269 views. The most popular post that day was Warning! We Filter Websites!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were Google Reader, schoollibrarywebsites.wikispaces.com, librarystuff.net, google.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for building blocks, informania, edward cullen, questions, and word collage.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

Warning! We Filter Websites! March 2010
1 comment

2

Promoting Books July 2009
7 comments

3

Advocacy: Annual Reports June 2010
6 comments

4

Discovering New (to me) South Carolina Talent November 2010
6 comments

5

Advocacy: Monthly Reports November 2010
6 comments

Thoughts

First, how readers discover this blog amazes me at times.  I often check to see what search terms drive people here.  They usually include the title of this blog but the other terms change with time.  Point:  Edward Cullen.  One post mentioning his name seems to have driven quite a bit of traffic here;  I’ m sure those searchers were a bit disappointed.

Since this blog concerns school library matters and educational technology uses I would have expected more readers to use terms concerning those fields to locate information here.

Lesson learned: Perhaps the tags I use need tweaking.  I need to study the tags other school librarian bloggers are using.

Second:  It’s very interesting to  me that although 269 people viewed the post “Warning! We Filter Websites!,” the only comment on it was a pingback from a mention on another site. Looking back at the post, though, I noticed that I didn’t invite comments on the illustration.

Lesson learned: Because I value other educators’ opinions and enjoy conversations that challenge my views and encourage me to see a topic from other vantage points, I need to remember to invite readers to comment.  I am indebted to those in my personal learning network for their inspiration and encouragement.

Finally, can I get even 10% of the ticket costs for those 10,000 Boeing travellers?

In what others ways can I use this data to improve the conversation?