Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy birthday to ISW!

A heads up to all readers: In Socrates' Wake turns one year old this week!

As many of you doubtless know, starting a blog is easy; maintaining it — much the less developing it into a rich and informative forum — is much harder. So I'd like to thank all of my fellow contributors and all of those who've visited and commented here. I think we did something good !

By any measure, ISW has been a spectacular success. Some numbers to chew over:
  • ISW has had over 2,500 unique visitors since last June.
  • Our visitors have come from 82 countries and 49 of the 50 United States. (What's goin' on, South Dakota philosophers?)
  • There are over 220 readers subscribing to our e-mail or RSS feeds.
  • We've published 153 posts and received about 680 comments overall.
  • We've achieved a Technorati blog rating right around #250,000 (I know that doesn't sound impressive, but it actually is —Technorati ranks at least 112 million blogs, putting ISW in the top 1/4 of 1% of all blogs) and an 'authority' of 27 (that's the number of blogs that link to ISW).
Obviously, I hope future years are as bright as this one.

I leave you with our top ten"greatest hits," our most popular (commented upon) posts from the past. The diversity of topics in these posts is a real tribute to the scope of ISW.
  1. Evaluating teaching credentials
  2. Business and ethics: A disconnect, part one
  3. Does philosophy provide any answers?
  4. Recommending students do what they shouldn't do
  5. The reading brain
  6. Should professors share or advocate their views in the classroom?
  7. Once more into the breach: Getting students to read
  8. To attend or not the attend, that is the question
  9. Managing the classroom
  10. Death to the syllabus?

1 comment:

  1. Yay, ISW! I, for one, have benefited greatly from this blog. Thanks to all the contributors for their posts and to the whole ISW community for many thought-provoking discussions.


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