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In the Dark

2013 in blogging

Happy New Year from WordPress.com!


About the fireworks

Each rocket represents a post published on this blog in 2013. And because we like to share, we made the fireworks available as a jQuery plugin on GitHub.

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To kick off the new year, we’d like to share with you data on In the Dark’s activity in 2013. You may start scrolling!

Crunchy numbers

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 440,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 19 days for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 400 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,222 posts. There were 209 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 72 MB. That's about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 18th with 2,837 views. The most popular post that day was The Open Journal for Astrophysics is Open for Test Submissions!.

Attractions in 2013

These are the posts that got the most views on In the Dark in 2013.

How did they find this blog?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for telescoper, banksy, poems about space, in the dark, and the birth of shaka.

Where did they come from?

That's 200 countries in all!
Most visitors came from United Kingdom. The United States & Germany were not far behind.

Who were they?

The most commented on post in 2013 was No more ripples?

These were the 5 most active commenters on this blog:

  • 1 Phillip Helbig 506 comments
  • 2 Anton Garrett 324 comments
  • 3 Bryn Jones 149 comments
  • 4 Albert 42 comments
  • 5 RhEvans 34 comments

See you in 2014

Thanks for flying with WordPress.com in 2013. We look forward to serving you again in 2014! Happy New Year!


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