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Top blog posts of 2010
Google Analytics tracks the number of page views for each post on this blog. Based on reader interest, here are the top 10 for the past 12 months in descending order. The top three are about small modular reactors.
- NEI white papers on small modular reactors
- Small fast reactor design for 100 MW
- GE-Hitachi briefing on PRISM reactor
- Bob Herbert’s hatchet job at NY Times
- Will Constellation walk away from Calvert Cliffs
- Areva enters the nuclear medicine market
- Laurels & Hardlys for nuclear energy in 2010
- Competitive scenario for NGNP
- Patrick Moore ratchets up the rhetoric
- Germany saves its nukes but at what price
Blog readership in 2010
In terms of round numbers, Google Analytics reports the blog had 38,000 unique visitors from 71 countries, 80,000 visits,and 102,000 page views. These numbers exclude "bounces" which are people who click on a link to content on the blog, but then leave realizing it isn't what they are looking for.
Of total visitors, 55K came from the U.S., and another 20K came from Canada, Australia, the U.K., France, India, Germany, Slovakia, and Finland.
It is difficult to track readers by state because ISPs and their subscribers can be anywhere. It is interesting that California, which has a 30-year old ban on new nuclear reactors, is the state with the highest number of readers.
The top search term was South Korea’s APR1400 reactor, presumably due to the design being awarded a $20 billion contract in the United Arab Emirates.
Other nuclear blogs that people read, in no particular order, include Atomic Insights, NEI Nuclear Notes, the Energy Collective, Next Big Future, NuclearGreen, Yes Vermont Yankee, ANS Nuclear Cafe, US Areva Blog, Energy from Thorium, Brave New Climate, and the Energy Source blog at the Financial Times.
Blog Content Notes
The blog is syndicated with a full RSS feed at the Energy Collective. Selected exclusive blog posts also appeared at the Energy Collective, CoolHandNuke, and the ANS Nuclear Cafe.
The blog hosts expanded versions of my coverage at Fuel Cycle Week of the uranium mining industry in the U.S. and Canada. The content appears on a delayed basis 10 days after publication.
I’d like to thank my readers for your interest in the blog. In 2011 the blog will begin its fifth year of publication.
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