From Claudia Johnson:
Here I share with Richard’s permission some of the statistics behind the blog.
In early 2011, when the blog just got started, the blog was getting less than 500 views a month. The 2012 peak was reached in June 2012 at 3053 views. That year’s numbers then slowed down with about 2500 views in December. In 2011 the blog had 17,000 total views, and by end of 2012, this had increased by 11,000 to 28,000 views. There were about 30 more views per day in 2012 than in 2011 (from 47 to 76). And 2013 is staring out strong. So far, for January 2013, the average views per day are 93.
The top ten countries outside of the US reading the blog include: UK, India, Canada, Philippines, Australia, France, Neatherlands, Brazil, and the Russian Federation. However, the blog is read in almost all countries, which means that access to justice issues are a worldwide issue, and not just a local American conversation.
In terms of topics, forms is the most popular topic, followed by plain language, self help services, research and evaluation, and technology. Other popular topics include: Access to Justice Generally, court administration, and systemic change. The topics reflect what the main areas of interest are for the broad and diverse audience who follow the blog all of them crucial areas where change and innovation can have a significant impact on access to justice. In effect, the main topics are the building blocks toward improving access to justice for those states, courts, and legal aid service providers who are serious about removing unnecessary barriers.
I was feeling almost surprised to see that LEP related posts were not rising as top posts, but it turns out that May 21, 2012, was the most active day, and that was the day we blogged about the Supreme Court ruled on an interpreter/translation cost shifting statute, https://accesstojustice.net/2012/5/21/
The piece on Turner, posted by Richard in 2011 was the most commented upon blog. https://accesstojustice.net/2011/06/25/turner-and-the-self-represented-a-summary-of-its-very-broad-implications-and-the-begining-of-a-new-jurisprudence/ followed by the blog on Texas, https://accesstojustice.net/2012/01/23/for-texas-access-advocates-no-good-deed-goes-appreciated/
Right now, the blog has 245 e-mail followers, and about 150 twitter followers from many different communities, from policy to journalists, lawyers, court staff, and librarians. Many are sharing links through Twitter, email, and linked in.
We hope all who read the blog continue sharing and commenting on the posts. Creating of an online community of those willing to learn about serving those without lawyers in many different types of forum is hopefully a good outcome of the blog. We hope the international readers continue reading the blog and share new models and information on how their systems tackle similar issues, particularly since more and more the world is becoming smaller and our systems strive to serve many different cultures in a fair and equitable way.