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We are moving!

After a few years being hosted on wordpress.com I feel the time has come when the site has outgrown the capabilities of the standard wordpress hosting. WordPress however also offers self-hosting, which gives many more benefits than the standard capabilities of wordpress.com.

So, over the next few days the site will be moving to http://vetsci.co.uk (live now!) – all the original content available here will be moved to the new site along with all comments etc. When the move is entirely complete this domain (vetsci.wordpress.com) will point to the new address (vetsci.co.uk) meaning all bookmarks, links, etc. will continue to function.

With the move comes a new design, as well as multiple new features for you!

If you have any thoughts on the new design, feel free to comment or get in touch – we’d love to hear from you, as for now you can continue to use this site or go and have a look at the new site over at http://vetsci.co.uk

Thank you for you continued support!

2010 in review

I would like to thank everyone who visited VetSci in 2010! This year, the site proved very popular and it could not have achieved it without you! Averaging at around 5,000 views per month now (and continuing to grow) this blog has become more popular than I ever thought. I can only hope that it has helped you all. It is the high level of activity that ensures my motivation to keep adding to the blog – if you want to be a part of this then contact me by clicking my ‘Gravatar’ in the sidebar to the right. I thought you may like to see how the blog did in 2010, which is why am I sharing these stats provided to me by the wordpress team:

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 34 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 54 posts. There were 27 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 6th with 308 views. The most popular post that day was Arterial Blood Supply to the Brain .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, jameswatts.co.uk, kmle.co.kr, en.wordpress.com, and search.conduit.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for circle of willis, blood supply to the brain, meninges, brain blood supply, and intrasexual selection.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Arterial Blood Supply to the Brain February 2010
2 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Cellular Anatomy of the Nervous System March 2010
4 comments

3

Meninges, CSF & Venous Drainage February 2010
1 comment

4

Special Senses – Hearing May 2010
1 comment

5

Appetite Control & Maintaining Constant Body Weight May 2010
2 comments

An Exciting Opportunity

Firstly, let me welcome myself back! As you may have noticed it has been a while since the last update. The reason, namely being summer! But it is back to work now for a lot of us, the grace period of the first semester has gone and work must really now begin! Also a huge thank you is in order for all VetSci readers as we have reached over 10,000 visitors to the site with daily visitor numbers in the hundreds!

With the realisation that there is a large audience out there for information such as that available on this website I would like to extend this exciting opportunity to all our readers:

I am opening up the site to writers from a medical, veterinary or biological background. We are looking for people to help expand the content of this website and thus help other from around the globe! If you want some appreciation for all the hard work you are doing, learning or teaching a science discipline – this is your chance! Maybe you have some notes lying around that you think are worthy of sharing, maybe you have a passion for science or writing, or maybe you want to share your knowledge and help others!

Don’t pass this chance up! If you want you the satisfaction of helping thousands of people read below on what you need to do:

  • Submit an article to me on your chosen topic (send it via e-mail with the subject: VetSci – [Your Topic] to jameswatts1990@hotmail.co.uk)
  • The article topic must be of a medical, veterinary or scientific background
  • Try and keep your article concise and informative
  • Please use your own thoughts, idea or notes
  • Don’t be put off! Maybe you prefer to convey information in another way? Try submitting graphics, tables, diagrams or anything else you have produced that has helped you or you think will help others!
  • All writers will be contacted within 48hrs of submitting a piece of work and then you could have your knowledge here, being shared with thousands of other people just like you!
  • Successful applicants will be invited to join the team and produce articles on a permanent basis for the VetSci site!

Please do consider this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from some of you soon!

 

More Questions

Even more questions uploaded onto www.jameswatts.co.uk you can check them out now. See the previous blog post for how to get the best from those questions using flash-card software (This isn’t necessary as you can always use excel to view them). Remember to right click the question link and then click ‘Save Target As…’ otherwise the questions will appear in your browser window (Not ideal for viewing/printing etc.)

Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions for future articles or questions, drop a message on the comments page (There is a link at the top of the main page)

Hope you all had a good christmas and get in touch to ensure the website moves in a direction which will benefit you!

Question Time!

www.jameswatts.co.uk has been updated and now questions are starting to appear for you to download! These questions are short answer/MCQ style.

Navigate to the index page where you will find a list of all the currently published articles (which are free to view/download/print) and if the article has questions available there will be a link next to it saying this. You can either:

  1. Click the Link to view the questions in your browser (Not really recommended)
  2. Right click the link, then click – ‘Save Target as…’ to save the file to your hard drive as a .csv file which you can open in excel
  3. Or probably the best, if you have some form of flash-card software (e.g. mental case, cram, gFlash, etc.) you can download the file and import it directly into the software which makes the questions look a lot more appealing. Such software is also available for mobile devices – so you can download them and quiz yourself on the go!

At the time of writing, only one set of questions is currently available (The complement system questions) but many more will be coming in future updates so be sure to follow us on twitter so you know when more are added!

If you would like to ask a question about any of this, where to get such flash-card software, how to view etc. or if you would like to suggest a topic for future downloadable questions to be based on, then visit the comments section of jameswatts.co.uk and be sure to leave a comment there!