Happy 2012 From The Basement Geographer!

What a year it’s been!  2011 was the second year of operation for The Basement Geographer, and little did I know how much this thing was going to take off – and I owe it all to fantastic readers like YOU!  This year, TBG has been Metafiltered, Reddited, Tweeted, and Farked all around the world.  Visitors came here from 192 different countries and territories this year (greetings and salutations to the Cook Islands, Saint Helena, and Guernsey!).  I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of kind folks link here on their websites, blogs, and social accounts (many of whom you’ll find in the comment sections of the various articles here or in the GeoLinks link at the top of the page).  It’s fantastic support like this that keeps me motivated to write both here and at Google Sightseeing, and I honestly cannot thank you enough!

In October, TBG revamped its look completely, switching to Blogger’s Dynamic Views template, giving the site a much cleaner look (not to mention introducing an infinitely-scrolling sidebar, which allows viewers to scroll through all 340-plus articles at once).  I realise that for older browsers it’s a bit difficult (if you’re still on IE 8, Firefox 4, or Chrome 13 and earlier, for example), but on newer browsers it’s been quite an improvement (and what are you still doing on Firefox 4, anyway?  11’s already available!).  The new Article Locator Map has also been put to good use by visitors to make finding a specific article by location easier, so I’m very happy to see that as well.

Looking back on the past year, these were certain articles that you found to be the most interesting.  Here are the top 15 most visited articles on this site written in 2011:

1. Games of Futility: The Least Successful Countries in Olympic History

2. Salar de Uyuni: The Flattest Place on Earth

3. The Longest Train Ride in the World

4. Kolmanskop

5. Reclaimed Land in Singapore: Nation-Building in the Most Literal Sense

6. Professional Wrestling Territories of North America

7. The Guano Islands Act

8. There Are Seven Continents. Or Six. Or Five. Or Four. Or Eight. (Oh, Never Mind.)

9. The Phantom Island of Hy-Brasil (The Brazil That Wasn’t)

10. Rural Aging in Japan and Population Implosion

11. The Dead Olympics: The All-Time Medal Count for Countries That No Longer Exist

12. The Most Common Official Languages in the World

13. The Longest Mountain Range in the World

14. Worldwide Distribution of ‘Global’ Cities

15. Fly Geyser, Nevada: A Geyser in the Desert

Honourable Mentions: The Trans Labrador Highway: Not For Amateurs and The Dymaxion Map Projection of Buckminster Fuller, which were posted on 27 and 30 December 2010, just before the new year.  Were they to be counted as 2011 articles, they would rank fifth and ninth, respectively.


In addition, there are still quite a few articles from 2010 staying very high up in the view counts, most notably:

Varosha, Forever Trapped in 1974

Dracaena cinnabari: The Socotra Dragon Tree

Flooding the Qattara Depression

Lake Vostok: How One of the Largest Lakes on Earth Exists Under Ice

Road of Bones: The Kolyma Highway


Here’s a sampling of some other articles posted here in 2011 that may tickle your fancy:

The Sad Saga of Equatorial Guinea

The Nordic Cross: From Scandinavia to Tonga

The Failure of Fordlândia

Vintage Road Map Week: Part I, Part II, Part III

Don’t Go to North Sentinel Island.

Lake Volta

Population Pyramids

Craco: The Ghost on the Hill

Why the World’s Largest Mall is Also the World’s Emptiest Mall

What to Do About Nauru?

Riprap Islands of New York City

The Story of the Canol Road: Part I, Part II


It’s been a blast writing for you both here and at the almighty Google Sightseeing, and I hope to bring you more interesting articles here in 2012.  As I’ve said before, you might not find everything here to your taste, but you’ll definitely find something you’ll enjoy.  I hope you’ve had a fantastic 2011, and here’s to an even better 2012!

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