Friday, January 20, 2012

1 year Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to the PDIC Blog!  

This month, we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary in the world of social media! On January 21, 2011, we made our first post on Blogger, since then we have posted 47 more blog entries.   A year ago, none of the members of our staff had ever blogged or tweeted in their lives.  We hopped on the social media bandwagon and spent the last year figuring out how to keep the blog topics interesting and current enough to satisfy our reader's appetite for fast and easy information on plant diseases and insect pests. 

A few statistics...
To date, we have posted 47 blog entries, reaching 10 different countries, and accumulated over 16,000 page views. Not too shabby if you ask us! To some bloggers these numbers may not seem too impressive, but we are slowly gaining speed and expect to have an even bigger audience by the end of 2012! 

Our most popular blog topics include herbicide injury to tomatoes, geotrichum sour rot on shrink wrapped sweetpotatoes, and household molds: what hurricane Irene left behind.  We are always looking for new topics so be sure to let us know if there is a topic you want to see on our next blog.  

In addition to our blog, we also developed a new website that contains lots of great information.  Here you can find info on how to submit samples to the clinic, videos on how to take a proper sample, links to useful websites, disease factsheets, and pest alerts. To visit our website, click here.

The goal of the blog was to educate the public on plant diseases, insect pests, and other topics of interest in the world of plant diagnostics.  We hope that as time goes on, you will agree that we have, at least in part, achieved what we set out to do! We hope you have enjoyed reading our blog as much as we have enjoyed writing it!

The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic Staff

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