For this first week of the New Year, IBS Impact is once again participating in the common December-January blogger tradition of highlighting popular posts and interesting blog statistics from the year just past.
This blog reached readers in 88 countries and territories during 2013, and over 100 in the two years that WordPress has made country statistics available to individual blog owners. While, predictably, most of the nations in the top 10 are ones where English is an official or major secondary language, our total blog hits span every continent, underscoring that IBS is a global problem, not the common stereotype of it as a nuisance disorder caused by overindulgent North American diets and lifestyles. A list of the top 25 better reflects the diversity of countries of origin represented. It is hoped that the vast majority are legitimate visits, even from those who might not have been searching specifically for information about IBS, and not simply potential spammers. In order, the countries are:
1. United States
2. United Kingdom
14. New Zealand
21. South Africa
23. Saudi Arabia
Below are the top 10 individual posts that received the most hits during 2013. Half of them were first published in 2011 or 2012. However, they continue to attract attention because they address topics that are of ongoing concern to people with IBS. Perhaps longtime readers can refresh their memories and newer readers will discover something interesting and useful. In order, the posts are:
1. Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders/IBS Considered Presumptive Service-Connected Disabilities for U.S. Gulf War Veterans, August 12, 2011
2. 15 Common Misconceptions That Shouldn’t Exist about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), November 8, 2013
3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and a Debate on “Can’t Wait” Cards, November 25, 2012 Please note that the blog originally linked in the above post as a basis for discussion no longer exists on WordPress.com. However, the ideas raised and the invitation by IBS Impact for readers and the IBS community to continue to discuss related concerns are still valid.
4. Proposed DSM-5 Criteria May Unfairly Label Physical Conditions as Psychological Disorders, December 17, 2012
5. Public Restroom Access and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), February 21, 2012
6. Food Poisoning and Post-Infectious IBS, August 5, 2011
7. Restroom Access Act (Ally’s Law) Updates in Maryland and Maine, May 10, 2013
8. ACTION ALERT: Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2013 (HR 842) March 2, 2013 Please also click on the HR 842 sub-category in the sidebar on the right side of the blog to see all updates on this legislation.
9. April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month 2013, April 1, 2013
10. Guest Post for IBS Awareness Month: A Lesson Learned From A Young Person with IBS, April 8, 2013
This blog was begun in July 2011, a few months after the launch of the main IBS Impact website, and a bit over a year after the inception of IBS Impact itself. It is intended as a supplement to the many resources on our main site, one that can be updated relatively quickly with time-sensitive news, advocacy and clinical trial opportunities, as well as providing well-researched, scientifically reputable information on IBS and commentary on broader issues affecting the IBS community that may not be widely discussed on other sites. It is meant to be useful to a broad readership: people with IBS and related conditions, both those who may have lived with IBS for some time and those with recent onset or who are new to IBS sites online, family members and friends, health care and human service professionals who may interact with us, and the general public. We are pleased that it continues to fulfill this role.
IBS Impact wishes everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous and productive New Year and looks forward in 2014 to advances in awareness, advocacy, research, treatment and community support systems that benefit the worldwide IBS community.