Top 10 blog posts of 2015

It is the time of the year for lists. First up I’ll give you the top 10 most viewed posts on this blog during 2015.

  1. What is radical education? Ironically the top spot in 2015 goes to a post that I wrote back in 2014. In this post I discuss what radical education or critical pedagogy is all about. This is a theme that I’ve pursued further this year so perhaps that is why it was so popular.
  2. Career guidance in Cameron’s Britain. Gets the second spot. In it I mused on what the Conservative win in the election of 2015 might mean for career guidance.
  3. The 7Cs of digital career literacy – in practice. The third most popular post of 2015 comes from as far back as 2012. It is a guest post from Graham Kaye-Taylor and talks about how you can use the 7 Cs framework in practice. Its return to the hit parade is probably due to a presentation that Vanessa Dodd gave to a conference organised by Graham this year.
  4. A brand new careers company for England – hurrah!(?) takes the fourth spot and discusses the launch of the new careers company. Was it only a year ago that we heard about this! A year is a long time in careers it seems.
  5. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery (slides). I gave my inaugural lecture this year. It seems some people downloaded the slides from it!
  6. Teachers, careers advisers and employers: Who should do what? Back in March I went up to Leeds and tried to straighten out the respective roles that different people should play in careers education. Hopefully these slides capture the gist of what I said.
  7. Mark Savickas on Life Designing. Another oldie but a goodie at number 7 (from back in 2013). My report on Mark’s lecture in Padua.
  8. So why did that happen? More post-election musing from May 2015.
  9. The Future of Career Guidance in the UK. A presentation that I gave in May 2015 where I talked politics, robots and career guidance.
  10. Changing numbers of careers advisers in schools. Some figures about how the numbers of careers advisers in schools have changed (2010-2013). I’d be really interested to see an update of this.

So that was the best (or at least most popular) of 2015.

You only have yourselves to blame!




Top 10 posts from 2013

Christmas is a time for lists about things that have happened in the year. So here is my first list. This is what you’ve been reading on Adventures in Career Development during 2013.

10. I posted a link to a short film by Andrew Manson about social mobility and career education. People seemed to like it and watched it enought times to get it into the top 10 for the year.

9. Another film makes it into the top 10. This one is Andy Chan arguing that Careers Services Must Die. Although of course he actually argues nothing of the sort.

8. Next up you can find my thoughts on the school counsellor model in Ontario.

7. Controversy almost always turns into hit. So next up you can find my thoughts on Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus. This one prompted a lot of debate and got me into all sorts of trouble.

6. Demonstrating that most of the people who read this blog are careers sector insiders, the next piece is the story about Heather Jackson and Tony Watts resigning from the national careers council.

5. More controversy. This time I tangle with graduate labour market expert Charlie Ball over an article that he wrote for the Guardian.

4. A surprising entry at number 4 is my more philosophical discussion of the need to rethink career guidance around a more social and collective paradigm. Deindividualising career development.

3. But after that brief dip into philosophy we are back on familiar populist ground. This time I was connecting career development with the Smurfs (well it was a long school summer holiday).

2. Second most popular post of the year was my thoughts on what careers companies should do with social media.

1. And top of the pops was my write up of Jaana, Raimo and Jim’s article on career practitioners conceptions of social media. Everyone loved that article!

Hi ho, hi ho, back to blogging I go

As you may have noticed I’ve been pretty tardy on my blog over the summer. The joint pressures of finishing off various “it must be done by the end of the academic year” kind of projects, moving house and taking a couple of weeks of off the grid camping holiday have all conspired against me adding the usual mix of links, opinions and occasional bits of comment. Normal service will be resumed presently. I’ve been thinking about all sorts of posts as I’ve been up to other stuff over the holidays so watch this space for various leftfield thoughts prompted by things that I’ve been up to.

I’ve only just got back and will return to work properly tomorrow – so I’m going to spend some time trying to wade through the email lake that awaits me before returning to the blog later today or tomorrow. I hope that my absence from the blogosphere won’t have turned anyone off of the blog.

Thanks for waiting!

We did it!

Just a quick update to say that we achieved the highest number of views on my blog ever yesterday. In total 473 people viewed the site yesterday. They were looking at:

So what did I learn? Mainly that if you can engage people as participants in what you are doing you are more likely to drive traffic to your content. I thought that the UKIP piece might get a lot of attention because it was controversial, but in fact people were more engaged by the idea of maximising the hits to the blog. People seemed to enjoy the idea that there was a challenge going on and felt that it was something that they wanted to support and engage in. Hopefully some of the content was interesting as well, but this doesn’t seem to have been what drove hits up in the main.

This reinforces the idea the social media is about building relationships and having conversations with people rather than about delivering content or service at people. Where you can build this kind of interactive approach it looks like it is possible to drive up hits and engagement.

I may well repeat this experiment in a week or so and see if I can keep building on it.

Thanks to everyone for your help and support yesterday.

The top 10 most viewed posts on my blog

Today I’m trying to encourage views on my blog. One piece of advice that I was given years ago (by Doug Richard of all people) was that if you are trying to improve web hits, just look at the things that do get hits on your site and write more of them. So what gets hits on this blog?

  1. Career practitioners conceptions of social media in career services is the all time most popular post on the site. This is a review of an interesting academic article, but also chimes into two of my main interests (and I guess reason’s why people come to the site) in career and social media.
  2. The second most popular article was my debate with Charlie Ball about his Guardian article. This had controversy and the scent of blood so I guess that is what attracted people.
  3. Controversy also accounts for number 3 in my brief report of Heather Jackson and Tony Watts decision to resign from the National Careers Council.
  4. The fourth most popular one is an odd one as it is a call for papers from the BJGC. Career and technology again I guess.
  5. Is my summary of all of the resources that exist to support the Blueprint for Careers.
  6. Is my innocent question about Which University has the best careers service. Once again the whiff of controversy seems to be driving hits.
  7. Youth Mentoring Across Professional Settings. My summary of a very good doctoral thesis.
  8. Launch of the Career Development Institute. An important moment in the history of the sector which is rightly attracting some hits.
  9. My discussion of university marketing campaigns (England’s number 1 University for Employability) also hits the controversy button which rockets it into the top 10.
  10. Career development and employabilty – same thing, different name? A presentation that I gave which also hits a hot topic issue.

So what is there to learn from this? I guess that people come to the blog when I either talk about careers and technology or when I say something controversial.

So if I want to drive hits I guess that is what I have got to do.


The best day ever on my blog

Since I’ve moved my blog to WordPress I’ve come to love the tool. However, I have noticed that my hits have dropped off considerably. I suspect that there are a couple of things going on here. Firstly I think that my Posterous blog was fairly well established and presumably benefitted from more links and better indexing in Google. Secondly it is very likely that the way that the two sites collect statistics are different and that Posterous was more generous. I’d be interested to know if anyone else has had a similar experience.

Anyway, I thought that it might be interesting to see if I can deliberately create hits to my blog. So today I’m going to try and have the best day ever on my blog. My previous best day ever say me getting 378 in a day. I’m going to post a load of stuff today and see how long it takes me to get past that number.

So spread the word and read some posts on the blog today.