The Junkyard Turns Two!

Image credit:  Birthday  by Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0, http://alphastockimages.com/

Image credit: Birthday by Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0, http://alphastockimages.com/

A post by Amy Kind.

Today we celebrate The Junkyard’s second birthday.  A year ago, I reported some stats on The Junkyard’s first year.  At that time, there had been about 9K unique visitors to the blog.  Now, one year later, there have been over 18K unique visitors to the blog over the course of its existence.  These visitors have come from over 50 different countries.  Though the vast majority of our visitors have come from the United States and the UK, we also seem to receive a fair amount of traffic from (in order): Canada, Israel, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Italy.

What posts have been most read?  Over the past year, the five posts that received the highest number of page views were Embodied Constraints on Imagination by Max Jones and Tom Schoonen; Embodied imagination: why we can’t just walk in someone else’s shoes by Adriana Clavel-Vázquez and María Jimena Clavel Vázquez; my own How’d Imagination Become So Hot?; Eating, Drinking and Imagining by Aaron Meskin; and Scientific Imagination by Fiora Salis.  In our entire two years of existence, the most-viewed post has been Neil Sinhababu’s Seeing a shade of green that I couldn’t imagine before, a post where he describes his experience of using color vision correction glasses for the first time.

We’re very grateful to all of the people who have been willing to write for us.  At this point, 72 different people have authored or co-authored posts.  We are always happy to receive suggestions for possible contributors, and if any of our readers are interested in contributing a post, please let us know by filling out our submission form here – or feel free to get in touch with me by email.  Likewise, please get in touch if you have any suggestions for other sorts of content we should run – book symposia, conference reports, series on imagination-related current events, etc.

The imagination community is a great one, and I’m very happy to be a part of it.  Insofar as the Junkyard is proving to be a beneficial resource for this community, and also helping to bring our work to a broader audience, it’s been well worth the effort.  Of course, the fact that this effort has been shared with Eric Peterson has made everything much easier.  Many thanks to him for all his work behind the scenes.

Here’s to Year Three!  And go Team Imagination!