Happy 2nd Blogiversary WildlifeSNPits!

Taking today to sum up our second year of blog posts and look towards the future here at WildlifeSNPits.

Looking Back
Last year we summarized our first year of blogging, and wanted to do that again. We posted 35 original articles and 22 What We’re Reading posts. While our most viewed post was What to Expect when Interviewing for Ecology and Conservation Jobs, our top five most viewed posts from the last year were:
Stories for Scientists
Science Talk Don’ts
So You Want to be a Field Tech (Or How to Get a Field Job)
A Pet Marsupial would be Quoll-tastic, but in Australia the Cat is Out of the Bag
Behind the Paper: Are Microsatellite Studies Publishable?

We’ve noticed that some of our best posts are about being scientists (or getting a job), and we think that speaks a lot about who reads WildlifeSNPits. We think our readership is divided between academics and non-academics interested in wildlife. Our Academic Life pieces may reach so many scientists because that’s who we’re connected to on Twitter which has been our primary venue for reaching people. For fun, we analyzed both WildlifeSNPits’ Twitter account and that for each of the bloggers. There were three clusters in the data that roughly corresponded to Stephanie (@FancyScientist, yellow), Anna (@Dr_AnnaM, blue), and Emily (@EEPuckett) + WildlifeSNPits (purple). Notably there is little overlap in our networks. As we each have different strengths and interests under the umbrella topics of evolution and conservation, it’s not too surprising that our networks have little overlap. We certainly hope ours is a blog that engages our readers across a range of topics.

But we also recognize that not all of our followers reach us via Twitter. Specifically, we think that the followers of the blog’s RSS feed and those that receive email alerts may represent our science-interested non-academic audience. We know you’re there, thanks for letting us blog so much about life as scientists!

Twitter network of Stephanie (yellow), Anna (blue), and Emily (purple) as of October 2015. Red arrows point from each of us to WildlifeSNPits. Network was made using NodeXL and only shows relationships between the four Twitter accounts highlighted and follower/following relationships.
Twitter network of Stephanie (yellow), Anna (blue), and Emily (purple) as of October 2015. Red arrows point from each of us to WildlifeSNPits.
Network was made using NodeXL and only shows relationships between the four Twitter accounts highlighted and follower/following relationships.

Moving Forward
We end our 2nd year by saying goodbye to blogger Britt. Instead of adding another regular blogger, we’ve decided to have occasional guest posts.  (Please see the About Us page for more information.) We look forward to the diversity of topics and opinions which guest posts will bring!

For those that like to receive notices via Facebook, we have started a WildlifeSNPits Facebook page!

Thanks again for reading the blog. We look forward to another fun year!

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