Now that it is over, looking back on 2015, I would like to thank the readers and contributors for making the effort very rewarding for me. This is a remarkably civil and knowledgeable group. Nice to see that all experience and knowledge levels are respected. Top five contributors by number of comments were x, Leesea, Tups, James WF, and Nicky. I got a number of suggestions by e-mail too.
The previous year, 2014, was a remarkably good year for the blog. The award of the preliminary Offshore Patrol Cutter contracts prompted a lot of interest, but still the blog enjoyed some growth. The blog had 213,556 views, 5.4% more last year.
In 2015, there were 277 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,452 posts. Top posts, by number of views were:
- What Does It Take to Sink a Ship (March 2011)
- Case for the Five Inch Gun (November 2012)
- What Might Coast Guard Cutters Do in Wartime, Part 2, Coast Guard Roles (February 2012)
- Ireland’s New OPV, Samuel Beckett (May 2014)
- Two More New Medium Icebreaker–Not for the Coast Guard (March 2015)
- Alternate Weapons for New Large Cutters? (May 2012)
- Offshore Patrol Cutter Concepts (June 2013)
As you can see, nine out of ten of these were published in previous years. I hope this is not a reflection of declining quality, but it is gratifying to know that these posts are still of continuing interest.
I am told by WordPress that readers came from 169 different countries. I suspect some of these were just spammers. Still, 38 countries were reported to have at least 200 views. The top five, after the US, were the UK, Canada, the Philippines, Netherlands, and Australia.
I would also like to particularly thank Thinkdefence, the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) “Next War Blog”, Eaglespeak, for linking to this website and bringing more readers here.
Thanks for the interest.