February 5th marks the first-year anniversary of the Parks Library Preservation Blog.  The blog has proved to be a wonderful way for us to connect with the wider conservation/preservation community, and we’d like to thank all of you for reading our posts and joining our virtual conversation.  We hope our musings have been both informative and entertaining for you, and we continue to welcome your responses and insights.

We are all stats junkies here in the Conservation Lab, so in celebration of our first year, here are some highlights:

  • We average 8 posts per month, with new posts on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Our readership continues to increase modestly but steadily.  Our first month, we had 400 hits, and now we regularly see 1,300-1,400 hits per month.
  • We’ve enjoyed close to 200 comments from readers this year — please keep sharing your thoughts and ideas with us!
  • Our visitors hail from all corners of the globe.  Here is the latest map of our blog visitors’ geographical locations:

In addition to our regular posts on a range of preservation-related topics, we will kick off our new “Quiz of the Month” feature next Monday.  With spring around the corner (no, really), we encourage you to take a moment to review our annual Spring Thaw Tips.  Our Events 2011 page will be updated throughout the year with preservation, conservation, and sustainability related events.  Finally, we will continue to add to our Supplies & Equipment Resource List, and welcome your help compiling this list of vendors.