It's always interesting to study traffic reports for The Right Blue to see which articles and photos earn the most attention -- not just when we first post them, but over time. There have been some we just knew would be winners, while other winners of the blog post popularity contest have been complete surprises.
which articles published in 2009 were the most popular, based on number of visits to each. We'd like to note, however, that the five most popular posts on The Right Blue during the past year were not posted during 2009; they were older articles, dating back as far as August of 2007 (just a month after The Right Blue was launched).
In addition to showcasing our underwater photos, we've always had the goal of sharing what we have learned about the ocean and its inhabitants with readers of The Right Blue. Knowing that there is a lot of junk information out there on the Web, I admit I am more than a little bit obsessive about presenting factually correct information, especially when I write about marine life. Some of our 'creature features' are time consuming to prepare, but the reward is that information-heavy articles on The Right Blue almost always end up on the first page of search engine results, and remain there. It's a nice indicator that what we produce is of value, and also has staying power.
With that said, here are the five posts on The Right Blue that were viewed most often during 2009:
- Fire Coral: Look, but do not touch, posted in November of 2007
- The Cave Where Turtles Die , posted in June of 2008
- Bubble Coral Plus, posted in May of 2008
- Dotted Sea Slug from the Mediterranean, posted in October of 2008
- Why is the sea blue?, posted in August of 2007
About the photo: I photographed this colony of fire coral (Millepora dichotoma) in the Red Sea at a dive site called 'Jackfish Alley', near the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula. This fire coral species is very common in the Red Sea.