Maven’s Notebook in 2014: A record breaking year!

Best of 2014Passage of new water legislation and the drought helped to make 2014 a phenomenal record breaking year here at Maven’s Notebook, thanks to you readers.  Here’s a look back at what was hot last year.

Vital Statistics:

First of all, some numbers:

  • Total page views in 2014 was 447,630, up 292% over last year.  Total page views for 2013 was 113,919, representing an increase of 333,711 page views, or 292%!
  • August the busiest month: The passage of new legislation helped to push August to a record month with 45,299 page views served in 13,255 visits.
  • Readership has remained strong afterwards, averaging over 41,000 page views per month through the end of the year.
  • December 9th the busiest day: The Brown Administration’s opposition to HR 5781 pushed readership to 2913 page views and 1,119 visits on that day.
  • Average visitors and reads per day: The Notebook averages between 750-900 visitors per day, depending on content, with visitors reading on average over 3 articles each visit.
  • Social Media and Email: Maven’s Notebook has over 1100 readers on email service, 3167 Twitter followers, and 283 Facebook likes, with more readers, followers, and likes being added each day.
  • 1225 new posts were added, with Tuesday being the busiest posting day.

Drum roll, please … The most clicked on in 2014!

Here are the most read posts of 2014:

  1. Reservoir and water conditions for January 26, 2014
  2. This just in … Study says California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has
  3. Satellites, river stage graphs, rainfall maps, atmospheric rivers, and more: Internet resources for watching the storm and waterways
  4. Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council’s drought panel: “Unprecedented conditions may result in unprecedented actions.”
  5. Dr. Peter Gleick on The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply

Here’s what readers clicked on most during the year:

And a few surprises, too:

The first list shows the top posts that I posted in 2014, but there are actually other posts that were read more.  If I consider the most read posts in 2014, regardless of the year they were posted, the most read post in 2014 is actually California Water Policy Seminar Series: Jay Lund: Insurmountable Opportunities, a post from February, 2013.  And the 14th most read post is Michelle Sneed’s In her own words: USGS hydrologist discusses subsidence in the Central Valley, another post from 2013.  So Jay, Michelle – your words are epic.

Funding …

Thank you to all who have donated to help keep the project going.  Unfortunately, funding is still far short of what is needed, so if this blog is useful to you, please consider making a tax deductible donation.  I’m also seeking sponsorship and advertising opportunities, so email Maven if you’re interested.

Here’s to 2015!

So in closing, a big heartfelt thank you goes out to my readers for making 2014 a record breaking year. There’s so much more ahead 2015, so stay tuned!



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