Today we celebrate our first birthday: one year ago today we became a fully functioning blog. To celebrate, we’ve generated this word cloud, which visually captures the topics most frequently tagged on the Economics That Really Matters blog. Click on any of these topic words to be taken to the posts where the topic was featured.
In numbers, over the past year we’ve welcomed at least 13,717 unique visitors as well as 127 email and 2,322 RSS subscribers; we’ve published 80 posts by 55 different authors on the 72 different topics you see above, and we’ve learned a lot from each one of them. We’re proud and honored to be participating in such an engaging conversation about the economics that matters with so many of you. On that note, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our contributors, our editorial and social media teams, and you: we want to thank you for reading, subscribing, and participating with your contributions and comments over this past year.
So what’s next for the ETRM blog? This fall we’ll be highlighting posts from this year’s Cornell University job market candidates who research topics related to international development. In the spring we’ll return to posting on a variety of topics including any contributions from you, which are always welcome (see our newly updated style guidelines for more information on how you can contribute). We will also continue to work to make the blog a platform for the discussion of the economics that matters.
To that end, as applied economists, we would be remiss if we didn’t also try to collect data on our blog readership with the objective of making the blog better. If you, dear reader, are willing to assist us in this task, please click on this link where you will find a survey that should take you at most five minutes to complete. If you don’t feel like filling out a five-minute survey, we understand; but keep in mind that it’s our birthday.