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Blogging, One Year On

December 16, 2011
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Much thanks to all my readers. Here's wishing you the best in the new year. Credit: Jessica Majno and Glynnis Roberts.

It’s rather amazing to think that I began this blog over a year ago.  And what a year it’s been.  Since that first entry I’ve written another 216 posts, made some incredible connections, and learned a lot about my interests and the social challenges to ocean conservation.  I think a little reflection is in order.

First and foremost, I just want to thank all my readers for their comments, emails, email subscriptions, and general support.  It’s been a great ride so far, and only because I know you’ll be reading, fact checking, and contributing to this on-going experiment.

Second, I’m rather amazed by how much my content and style has evolved.

I started with the goal to write “more analytical and less news-cycle-driven content” and to introduce the reader to a bit more of the artistic/entertaining material out there.

On the analytical content, I think I’ve largely kept my promise.  Though I learned quickly enough that this material takes time to produce, so I have experimented with ‘remixing’ news stories to talk about larger issues, similar to what a favorite blogger of mine does.  I think this is a style that I’m quite happy with.

However, I have entirely dropped my focus on the artistic and entertaining.  Really, there are just so many others doing this well, in particular the SeaMonster blog that started up this past year, that I haven’t felt compelled to contribute more content of this sort.

Third, another important development has been my growing fascination with how social science explains problems in fisheries management and compliance.  You can read see what I mean here, here, and here, and I promise more on this in the new year.

Finally, I’ve been very fortunate to have begun to host guest bloggers.  I’d really like Breaching the Blue to bring on more guest bloggers, if not a co-editor or two, in the future.  I’ll point you all to the brilliant Dr. Sidney Holt who wrote a three part series on MSY.  I’ve found his expositions fascinating and rather frightening as I have learned how our scientific management underpinnings are poorly supported by the science.

As a quick note, I’ll be taking a little blogging vacation for the rest of December and part of January.  It will be nice to free up more time for friends, family, the new job, and some pet research projects.

Until I get back, here are my top 7 blog posts from the past year:

  1. The Great Stagnation and the Environment
  2. Maximum Sustainable Yield: The Worst Idea in Fisheries Management
  3. Culture, Eco-Philosophy, and Saving the Planet
  4. The Great Fish Debate
  5. Review: 5 Easy Pieces by Daniel Pauly
  6. A Social Wellbeing Approach to the Global Fisheries Crisis
  7. A Fact Check for the Bluefin Blogosphere

I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

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