Most popular microBEnet blog posts (2011-2014)

Recently Brent Stephens from the Built Environment Research Group asked me what the most popular posts on microBEnet have been to date.  I was intrigued, so decided to do some digging in Google Analytics and share the results.  One thing worth noting is that the top 10 blog posts were scattered among the top 40 most-viewed pages, and by far and away the most popular pages on microBEnet are actually the “Simple Guides” of which our “Fact Sheet: Ribosomal RNA (rRNA), the details” is the most popular, resulting in over 13% of all pageviews on the site with just that one page.

Regarding the blog posts, traffic over time has increased on microBEnet so it’s perhaps not surprising that several of the most viewed blog posts on the site are from this year.  Without further ado, here’s the list:

#1 “Visualizing millions of DNA sequences — in your web browser!” (2014, Holly Bik)

#2 “Studying — not wantonly killing — the microbes around us and the rise of the “microbiology of the built environment”” (2014, Jonathan Eisen)

#3 “Interesting Indoor Microbe of the day: Serratia marcescens” (2011, David Coil)

#4 “Teaching bioinformatics using IPython Notebooks” (2014, Greg Caporaso)

#5 “Guest Post: Paul Orwin from CSUSB on an undergraduate microbial genome sequencing project” (2012, Paul Orwin)

#6 “What microbes are lurking in your fish tank? Good candidate for some citizen microbiology I think” (2011, Jonathan Eisen)

#7 “Continuing debate and discussion about FDA vs. the cheesemakers” (2014, Jonathan Eisen)

#8 “Microbiology Christmas Tree — luminescent bacteria, giant microbes, and more.” (2011, David Coil)

#9 “Job Posting: Part-time online Research Assistant working on literature related to the microbiology of the built environment” (2012, David Coil)

#10 “Why I’m not sold on Twitter for communicating about science…” (2014, Greg Caporaso)



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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter