Proudly Celebrating Two Years of Basement-based Geography

I’m on vacation this week (I’ll be back in time for the regular update on Friday), but seeing as this month marks the second anniversary of this website, I do want to take the time here to thank you all for helping The Basement Geographer become the site it is today.  The growth of the readership of this site in recent months has been huge; we’re about a month or so from our one millionth view, which is just nuts, and I do worry that I’m under-serving you all (in a fantasy world, there’d be another writer alongside me here so that I could guarantee you a new article every weekday instead of just twice a week).  I promise to keep plugging away both here and at Google Sightseeing (don’t forget that it’s Desert Week next week, everyone!), and hope you’ll keep coming back for more random articles from across the geographic spectrum.

Don’t forget, there are around 450 articles on the site to keep you occupied; just scroll down the sidebars to see them all, or click on the Article Locator Map link above to see every single TBG article plotted out on a world map if you’re looking specifically for articles by location.

As I did last year around this time, I thought it’d be fun to look at the top 15 most-read posts here on the site.  Most of them are new to the list since the largest period of site growth has been since October (last year’s rank in parentheses):

1 (1). Dracaena cinnabari: The Socotra Dragon Tree (13 September 2010)

2 (-). The Longest Train Ride in the World (28 November 2011)

3 (2). Varosha, Forever Trapped in 1974 (27 August 2010)

4 (-). Norilsk: The World’s Most Northerly (and Most Polluted) City (25 November 2010)

5 (3). Flooding the Qattara Depression (29 November 2010)

6 (-). International Racing Colours (12 March 2012)

7 (-). Life in the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation (19 March 2012)

8 (4). Kolmanskop (27 February 2011)

9 (-). Salar de Uyuni: The Flattest Place on Earth (17 November 2011)

10 (-). Defining International Borders in the Rub’ al Khali (30 January 2012)

11 (-). Games of Futility: The Least Successful Countries in Olympic History (28 November 2011)

12 (12). Reclaimed Land in Singapore: Nation-Building in the Most Literal Sense (3 February 2011)

13 (13). Professional Wrestling Territories of North America (14 March 2011)

14 (11). The Trans Labrador Highway: Not for Amateurs (27 December 2010)

15 (-). Large Scale Maps vs. Small-Scale Maps (9 December 2010)


Honourable Mention (pages that are either poised to join this list very soon or that keep holding steady in their pageview counts over time)

Govenlock, Saskatchewan (or: Why Rand McNally  Needs to Update Its Maps More Often) (3 September 2010)

Road of Bones: The Kolyma Highway (22 November 2010)

Moroccan Wall: The Berm of Western Sahara (7 February 2011)

There Are Seven Continents.  Or Six.  Or Five.  Or Four.  Or Eight. (Oh, Never Mind.) (21 February 2011)

The Most Common Official Languages in the World (21 March 2011)

The Phantom Island of Hy-Brasil (The Brazil That Wasn’t) (31 March 2011)

A Glance at the Human Population of Antarctica (20 June 2011)

Bisected and Bilateral: Streets Shared By Two Countries (10 October 2011)

Fly Geyser, Nevada: A Geyser in the Desert (21 November 2011)

The Dead Olympics: The All-Time Medal Count for Countries That No Longer Exist (24 November 2011)

Magic Roundabouts of England (26 January 2012)

Curling Stones: A Precious Resource (23 February 2012)

The Dingo Fence (15 March 2012)

Elements Named for Places (23 April 2012)

Milk River: Under Eight Flags (14 May 2012)

Surtsey: Evolution of an Island (28 May 2012)


The Norilsk article is rather interesting in that despite being nearly two years old, Internet surfers have really begun to discover it only in the past four months; in fact, it was the most-read article on this site for all of June 2012.  Contrast that with the article on Govenlock, Saskatchewan, which just continually accrues views at a fairly constant rate (it doesn’t hurt that this site is one of the top dozen or so results when someone runs a Google search for the now-abandoned town).  The Milk River and elements articles are showing signs of this as well.

Thanks again for your patronage, everyone!

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