Thanks for a Successful 2018, the Last Year’s Blog in Retrospect

Wanted to say thanks for looking in on my blog and a special thanks to those that elevated the discussion by making comments. Have to say, the readership is a remarkably civil group and quite knowledgeable. I think we owe a special debt to Tups for providing much needed expertise on icebreakers. Also want to thank those who engaged with me off line, often bringing items to my attention. Lee has been particularly helpful in this regard.

There were 215,180 “views” in 2018, or about 590 per day That was down 1.32% from last year’s high, but the number of separate visits was up 5.91% over last year’s high, to 54,412 or about 149 per day. There were 316 posts last year, up 14.1% from the previous high in 2015.

Many of the older posts are still being looked at. The top five posts in 2018 were:

  1. What Does It Take to Sink a Ship? (March 2011)
  2. Three Nations Share German OPV Design (Apr. 2014)
  3. Navy Awards FFG Conceptual Design Contracts for FFG(X)–Speculation on a NSC Derivative (Feb. 2018)
  4. New 40 mm Gun (Oct. 2016)
  5. Case for the Five Inch Gun (Nov. 2012)

The top ten posts ever published on his blog are listed below. I’ve updated the “Top Ten Posts” page to reflect this, along with making some additions and deletions to the list of “Other Posts of Continuing Interest.”

  1. What Does It Take to Sink a Ship? (March 2011)
  2. OPV to OPC (July (2012) (Since the OPC has been selected, now only of historical interest)
  3. The Navy’s New Patrol Boat (May 2012)
  4. Three Nations Share German OPV Design (Apr. 2014)
  5. Case for the Five Inch Gun (Nov. 2012)
  6. What Might Coast Guard Cutters Do in Wartime, Part 2, Coast Guard Roles (Feb. 2012)
  7. Offshore Patrol Cutter Concepts (June 2013) (Since the OPC has been selected, now only of historical interest)
  8. Alternate Weapons for New Large Cutters? (May 2012)
  9. 30mm Better than the 57mm? (Aug. 2014)
  10. Irelands New OPV, Samuel Beckett (May 2014)

I also started a Chuck Hill’s CG Blog Facebook Page. I try to provide a link there to new posts shortly after they are published here. Occasionally I will provide a link there to other items of interest that I may not post here, but if you only look there you would miss the comments. I will frequently use comments as a way to update an older post.

Looking at the year ahead, I don’t think we need to worry about it being boring. I’m hoping it does not get too exciting. Certainly there are budget uncertainties. Will the icebreaker be funded? Will we get a budget at all? The Geopolitical landscape is changing and not necessarily for the better. The Coast Guard will have a role to play in hopefully keeping the rules based international system in place. Hopefully we will have another year of relative peace.

Happy New Year to all.

3 thoughts on “Thanks for a Successful 2018, the Last Year’s Blog in Retrospect

  1. Thank you, Chuck. You provide a tremendous service to our active duty members and retired Coaties, like me, who are still interested in supporting our Coast Guard. BZ and Semper Paratus!

  2. Adding to Charley’s comment, your articles and links are of interest to Auxiliarists, too, as many of them wish to be supportive of the Active Duty men and women. Knowing their issues helps.

  3. I don’t always comment, but peruse several times a week just for the knowledge, it’s good to stay up to date. Thanks, Chuck.

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