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 86 countries and territories during 2015, and 133 in the four 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, inaccurate 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. This year, because of several multinational ties in the statistics of anywhere from two to seven countries, the top 25 places are actually occupied by 46 countries. 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
6. New Zealand
9. (tie) Germany and Sweden
14. (tie) Norway, Romania, Mexico, and Spain
15. (tie) Philippines and South Africa
16. (tie) Saudi Arabia and Portugal
19. (tie) Thailand, Denmark and Switzerland
20. (tie) Poland, South Korea, France, Qatar, and Greece
23. (tie) United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Pakistan, Israel, Indonesia, Brazil, and Austria
24. (tie) Singapore, Bulgaria and China
25. (tie) Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. commonwealth, and Finland.
Below are the top 10 individual posts that received the most hits during 2015, with one tie resulting in a list of 11. The majority of them were first published in 2011, 2012 or 2013 or 2014. 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. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), July 30, 2012
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. The American College of Gastroenterology Issues 2014 Evidence-Based Review on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), August 10, 2014
5. Restroom Access Act (Ally’s Law) Updates in Maryland and Maine, May 10, 2013
6. Massachusetts Enacts Restroom Access Act, August 20, 2012
7. Public Restroom Access and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), February 21, 2012
8. Education Laws and Resources for Students with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), August 27, 2013
9. (tie) 15 Common Misconceptions That Shouldn’t Exist about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), November 8, 2013
and NICE Guidelines in the United Kingdom for Adult Irritable Bowel Syndrome Updated for 2015, March 6, 2015
10. New Rome IV Diagnostic Criteria for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Will Include Individualized Clinical Profiles, October 11, 2015
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 2016 to advances in awareness, advocacy, research, treatment and community support systems that benefit the worldwide IBS community.