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This is the 1000th post on NOVA Geoblog.

I passed up the opportunity to engage in anniversarial navel-gazing this past December with the blog's second birthday, opting instead to dish out some recognition to other corners of the geoblogosphere. A thousand posts, being an arbitrary but satisfyingly round number, encourages me to think about what I'm doing with this blog, and where it's going. Today, if you'll indulge me; I offer a few reflections (#1-4) and a request for feedback from you (#2, #5).

1) I've been gratified with all the positive feedback I've gotten (via comments, via e-mail, and in person), mystified at the persistence of some readers in posting argumentative comments, disappointed overall at the lack of commenting, and annoyed at the increasing number of spam comments, which I delete as soon as they come in (a chore). Thanks to everyone who considers this site worth taking the time to read.

2) I'm curious who's reading. I get data that suggests a lot of people are stopping in, but not a lot of people leave comments. If you're a regular, but you don't leave comments, let me extend an invitation to you to say "hi." You can do this via the comments section below, or shoot me an e-mail if you don't want to be all public about it.

3) I enjoy blogging, but I'm also a bit compulsive about it. This blog has existed for 770 days, and the 1000 entries I've posted over that time works out to an average of ~1.3 per day. I'd like to tone that down a bit. In the future, I'm going to give myself permission not to post something every single day. Brace yourselves: I'm going to start applying the brakes.

4) This summer I hope to launch a new geology vodcast series. This has been in the works for some time, and I'm excited that it is finally moving forward. I'm looking for suggestions for a clever title for the series (feel free to leave a comment below if you have a good idea what to call it). It will be available via iTunes and a dedicated YouTube channel. I will also embed the YouTube videos in blog posts here.

5) Lastly, to better determine the future of this blog, I have put together a 5-question survey that I would like to ask you to complete. It is totally anonymous, and will take only 3 minutes of your time. I will leave this survey open for the next 2 weeks, but I ask you to please take the time now to click the link above and complete it. This is for everyone who is reading these words: it's not just for hard-core geologists or for other bloggers. It's for all readers. Thank you! | Impressum