Sunday, July 11, 2010

What is getting the hits and why in the world of San Antonio Sustainable Living?

From time to time I update our list of most popular posts.  I just did today so just for grins I decided to compile the list in one posting and engage in a little speculation.

As a group the Meatless Monday recipe's that JM Fonseca has added consistently to the blog are the most most read posts. She tests the recipes herself and unlike some vegetarians she seems to enjoy dishes that are also enjoyable to people with more omnivorous diets. Meatless Monday is a worldwide meme that is inviting non-vegetarians to include vegetarian dishes.

Topping the list as of today as an individual posting is the notice about a tiny house on a trailer that is for sale in San Antonio and has been for quite a few months. Because it was mentioned by very popular Tiny House Living it has received over 300 hits, which is quite a few for this blog. This item was first posted in October 2009.

John J. Morony's study, “The Mexican Green Roof” continues to receive hits. Of all the items that have appeared in the blog I think this is the most important. Mr. Morony's study shows how a simple inexpensive fill of dirt on a slightly sloped roof can produce R values of 40 or above and practically eliminate the maintenance costs associated with Santa Fe building code flat roofs. This item was first posted in July of 2009.  I found one link to it a  Spanish language blog, although the article linking to it suggests that it wouldn't work in a wet climate.  (I think they are mistaken on that by the way.)

Since October 2009 the story on the Larry Williamson's long compressed earth block machine has continued to reside in the blog's top ten. I didn't have any new information on it or photos on the machine but I recall that finding the material on it was difficult, so perhaps the verbiage in the story causes it to rise in search results above the places where the information was originally found.

Stephen Colley's notice on the 2010 Tierra y Cal compressed earth workshop got a lot of hits, perhaps because it was linked to by several other sites including our big sister, Austin's Design Build Live as well as a couple of other sites.

Our story with a few links and an embeddable video about Dan Phillips Phoenix Connection  from April 2009 continues to get hits. It spikes whenever he gets big publicity. I searched and watched quite a few videos about his work and the one here is my favorite.

A little post from April 2010 in which I sorted through a couple of hundred results from to find what I thought were the best ideas for DIY Compost bins has been very popular. A similar story on DIY water level ideas  has sprung into our top 10 recently.

This picture of the Honeywell branded home windmill has been popular since it was posted in September 2009 but it is mentioned and linked to by one discussion of the windmill.  Perhaps it also comes up in certain image searches.

A story on a Texas made chicken tractor continues to get hits, though their website is easily accessible. I am not sure what value added our posting has which brings in the viewers.

The story “How to Build a Bamboo Star Dome” has been popular since it was posted in August of 2009. The pages it links to were low in google results and the fact that there are instructions in a rough form of English is not immediately clear when you go to their site which is why I think people find our story.  DIY domes stories have been consistent hit magnets.  If we were a commercial site I would include a million of them.

Our September 2009 post on an Organic Shrimp Farm in west Texas continues to be popular. Our post mainly serves up links to original coverage of the farm in other publications.

I worked long and hard on our April 2010 story on Sologen Systems. I wanted to give an idea of how much potential their work has while not making extravagant promises or predictions. Sologen hasn't been seeking a great deal of publicity other than sending out one press release. Our story is or was for a long time the only post that went beyond just reprinting or excerpting their press release. It continues to garner a modest number of views. If their work bears fruit I'm sure information on their systems and the implications for the energy industry will be all over the mainstream.

A December 2009 story that brought together information from several sources on phase change materials has suddenly begun receiving a number of hits. I'm not sure why it became popular. I think depending on the development of building materials that it will become a subject of immense importance.

That's the review for now. I think it is interesting to me to see how topics rise and fall. Just like the San Antonio Sustainable Living group, this blog exists just to put information out there for the person who is seeking it. Take what you like and leave the rest.

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