Still in retro mode


My English/ESL blog began in 2001 as which is still there as a redirect I posted in 2002 – but it sends you to Tripod and blog oblivion.  At first it was just a class site for a Year 10 I had at the time. When that immediate function passed I adapted it to be a school-wide ESL and English site. I also moved to Tripod – the capture above comes courtesy of the Wayback Machine. Its name now was Sydney Boys High Communities and ESL, and then Sydney Boys High School English and ESL. In that guise it moved to WordPress on 2 December 2006, the name having changed towards the end of 2005 to Neil Whitfield’s English and ESL. Today it’s just English, ESL — and more!

This Year's Visits and Page Views by MonthThere are just 230 posts and 38 pages. Nothing has been added since January 2010, but it still is far and away my most used blog. In WordPress stats there have been 497,208 views since January 2006. Sitemeter has been counting all the incarnations of the blog since November 2002 and records 400,161 visitors and 555,432 page views up to now.

The top posts since coming to WordPress follow:

  1. Home page 84,019 views
  2. How should I write up a Science experiment? 56,530
  3. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 25,377
  4. Essay writing: Module C “Conflicting Perspectives” – the introduction 24,978
  5. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 23,870
  6. A student’s “Belonging Essay” workshopped 20,601
  7. Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Blade Runner" 18,423
  8. The "Belonging" Essay 15,211
  9. What tense should I use when I write about literature? 11,802
  10. Wrkshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 11,391
  11. Belonging pages: HSC 2009-2012 10,848
  12. Is "majority" singular or plural? 7,950
  13. HSC English NSW Area Study Standard and Advanced: Belonging 1 7,877
  14. Scaffolding 7,046
  15. How can I write faster in exams? 6,077
  16. How can I improve my essay grades, especially in exams, without learning "model essays" off by heart? 5,600
  17. How can I write better short stories? 5,504
  18. Workshop 01 — a theme unit in four different text types: senior English Studies 5,419
  19. From my personal site: The Secret River by Kate Grenville 5,412
  20. Workshop 03 — Creative Writing (Year 12) 5,064
  21. Workshop 09: Advanced English Module B "Critical study of a text" 4,605
  22. ESL+ 4,526
  23. Backgrounding my essay: question and resources to be used 4,321
  24. Links 4,308
  25. Literacy 4,187