A colleague mentioned the “My Places” function of Google maps one day at work. My own travels would not plot well on a map – or it would be an extreme close-up of my hometown and northeastern North Carolina. The way the My Places feature worked, however, struck a chord with me: why not use this tool to digitally depict the towns in North Carolina where people lived who had contacted correspondence with an inquiry. For end-of-year reports and other in-house statistical reports I was already tracking the cities and counties of our North Carolina patrons. In past years I maintained a big map of North Carolina and stuck push pins in that map to show the same information. Google’s My Places simply allowed me to replace that old pin-hole filled map with a digital version.
In 2011 the North Carolina State Archives received requests from 221 different cities or unincorporated townships representing 87 out of the 100 counties in the state. People from ten different places in Guilford County sent in requests; folks from Brunswick County sent in requests from seven different locations; there were several counties with contacts from residents in six locations. The contact cities ranged from Frisco in the east to Franklin in the west and from Sunset Beach in the south to Moyok in the north (which just edged out Lowgap by .0005 degrees to be the northern most contact place). Write or email the Archives so I can add your location to the 2012 map!
See the 2011 North Carolina correspondence map here: http://g.co/maps/st58j
You can zoom in or out and pan across the state to see where the North Carolina State Archives received requests from your fellow Tar Heels.
At the end of each year, WordPress.com pulls together stats on the blogs hosted with them and sends those stats summaries to the blog owners. I shared our 2010 stats for this blog last year, which seemed very popular with our readers, so I’ve decided to post our stats this year for both this site and our North Carolina Civil War 150 blog.
Here’s an excerpt from our 2011 stats for the History For All the People blog:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
As I mentioned over on the Civil War 150 blog earlier today, WordPress sent all blog owners a “2010 in Review” stats report by email. One of the options in the email is to post the content to your blog, so I’m going to post portions of the review below. I have no idea whether this information will be of interest to anyone other than stats and metadata geeks like me, but hopefully some of you will find it worth reading.
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:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 93 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 207 posts.
The busiest day of the year was October 21st with 118 views. The most popular post that day was Andrew S. Austin Collection.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were archives.ncdcr.gov, digg.com, ncgenweb.us, michaelchardy.blogspot.com, and history4all.blogspot.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for susan weil, aycock brown, centaur costume, forest resources information, and robbie fearn.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Andrew S. Austin Collection July 2010
Additions to the NC Family Records Online Project March 2010
Container Lists of Selected County Records August 2009
About February 2010
Confederate Pension Records Available Online August 2008