This was 2016 in the blog

A new year has come along with new year’s resolutions such as reading blogs. Therefore, we start 2017 revisiting 2016. This way, if you’re new to the blog, you can learn what it is about. Conversely, if you’re a faithful reader, you can re-read the most popular posts.

The most popular posts of 2016 in pictures

The most popular posts of 2016 in pictures

These are the posts published in 2016 with more hits (posting month in brackets):

  1. Correct these mistakes for Christmas (December)
  2. 1st SETAC science slam across the pond (August)
  3. Chemists conspiracy: all drinks are the same alcohol (February)
  4. Science slam: Enjoy learning science (June)
  5. Posters at scientific congresses (May)

Interestingly enough, the last post published was the most successful. Either people care a lot about mistakes for Christmas or I’ve been writing rubbish for twelve months.

Additionally, the two most visited articles of all times were:

The most popular posts of the year and of all times were mainly about science and language, respectively. It seems that readers want what’s in the title of the blog. It’d be weird if you came here to read mostly about books and birthdays.

Let’s hope we keep on the right track this year.

You’re not the WordPress I fell in love with

WordPress keeps annoyingly upgrading to impractical looks and as much as I like this platform—or maybe because I do—I need to draw attention to its absurd visualisation upgrades.

Don't focus on my tiny numbers; focus on them being there in the old stats page (above)

Figure 1. See it for yourselves

I started blogging with three blogs in different platforms. There was this WordPress blog and two other that in a few months merged into my other WordPress blog. I’ve always loved and recommended WordPress, however, I can’t help feeling uneasy every time they make changes on visualisation.

WordPress offers more options and information than other blogging platforms I know and it is [used to be?] a lot more user friendly. It seems, nevertheless, that it’s joining the trend of minimalist looks with more icons and space than actual information. Bear in mind that I’m administering a blog; hence I seek information, not blank space.

One of the first things you see when you access your dashboard and probably the most used feature of all is the stats page (Figure 1). In the old stats page you could see at a glance the views and visitors of several weeks, the views by country, the visited posts and pages and links followed to your blog and from it. The new stats page displays a single column with half screen blank. You need to scroll down to find beautifully but pointlessly spaced lines of data with informative paragraphs that will show again and again even if you hide them every single time.

Figure 2. Isn't it obvious?

Figure 2. Isn’t it obvious?

The makeover is even worse for the posts page as in the previous version up to nine posts were on screen with information about categories, tags, comments, links and publishing date available (Figure 2). And the whole dashboard menu still fitted in the left column! The new page can barely show two posts with no information (but with a—useless—picture) and half the dashboard menu. It’s like you’re reading someone else’s post, not managing your own, and that’s just wrong.

Now I dread the day when these changes are final and there’s no option of switching back to the old view. Please, WordPress, be the mature and practical platform I fell in love with; drop your high heels so that we can walk a long path together.