Happy 2013 from The Basement Geographer!

Hello, and happy new year, everyone!  Last year when I said that it’s fantastic support from readers like you that keeps me motivated to write both here and at Google Sightseeing, I meant it. Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine how true that would be this year, as you were gracious enough to send many of my articles all over the Internet. I really can’t thank you enough.

Looking back on the past year, there were certain articles that you found to be the most interesting; in particular, the top three. When the article on the troubled gold rush town of La Rinconada, Peru was published this summer, within about a month it became the all-time top-viewed article on the site ever!  And yet, just two months later, you kind readers took the article about Russia’s Lake Karachay and obliterated that mark on the first day. I still remain and will remain humbled and stunned by that. Here are the top 15 most visited articles on this site written in 2012:

1. Lake Karachay, Mayak, and Chelyabinsk-40: A Look at the Most Contaminated Place on Earth

2. La Rinconada: Bottoming Out at the Top of the World

3. A Gallery of Ghost Signs

4. International Racing Colours

5. The Kola Superdeep Borehole and the Deepest Manmade Holes

6. Life in the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation

7. Tragedies of the Crowsnest Pass, Part II

8. The Haludovo Palace Hotel: Where Tito Met Penthouse

9. Counting Down the Ten Largest Empires in History, Nos. 5-1

10. Elements Named for Places

11. The 2 384-Acre Mushroom

12. Anagramming the World, Part III

13. The Vajont Dam Disaster

14. A Gallery of Contrasts Along International Borders

15. Tragedies of the Crowsnest Pass, Part I


There are still plenty of older articles garnering mountains of views, too. The article on the Siberian mining city of Norilsk gained so much traction this year that it now sits third all-time amongst articles on this site. Below, some of the older articles visitors enjoyed on this site in 2012:

Norilsk: The World’s Most Northerly (and Most Polluted) City

Professional Wrestling Territories of North America

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

Large-Scale Maps vs. Small-Scale Maps

The Trans Labrador Highway: Not For Amateurs

Flooding the Qattara Depression

The Most Common Official Languages in the World

Crossing from Right-Hand Drive Countries to Left-Hand Drive Countries

Varosha, Forever Trapped in 1974

Road of Bones: The Kolyma Highway
Here’s a sampling of some other articles posted here in 2012 you may have missed that might tickle your fancy

William Walker: American Filibuster

Population Collapse in the Northern Mariana Islands

Magic Roundabouts of England

British Home Children

Curling Stones: A Precious Resource

Île Amsterdam: Isolated in the Indian Ocean

Why You Can’t Drive Across the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Surtsey: Evolution of an Island

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

Smeerenburg: A 17th-Century European Ghost Town in the Arctic Ocean

Anagramming the World: Part I, Part II, Part III, SkyTrain

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 2013. Keener visitors to the site will have noticed the pace of articles being posted began slowing down around September; the combination of diving into an fantastic new job along with continuing my previous position as program director/producer of our local volunteer-run community radio station.  With the new job taking up much of my time and this site continuing to grow, something has to give. As such, I’ll be scaling back my involvement with the station over the next couple of months and hope to get back to a more regular update schedule here after that. Until then, there will at least still be the regular 1-2 articles per week. As I’ve said before, you might not find everything here to your taste, but you’ll definitely find something you’ll enjoy.  Enough of my kvetching- I hope you’ve had a fantastic 2012, and here’s to an even better 2013!

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