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2013 in review

One of the features of WordPress that I like, is at the end of every year it sends me a summary of what my blog has been doing over the past 12 months, and yet again I have found that my most viewed and commented posts on my blog are from previous years (in fact there are none from this year, and all of the top five most visited posts, are what I would call ‘How do I….’ type posts, rather than the thought provoking posts that my blog also contains.

My top 5 most visited posts were:

  1. How to automatically pull data between different Google Spreadsheets – November 2011
  2. Quickly creating a Google Map from a Spreadsheet of data – September 2009
  3. How to re-enable a microphone in Windows 7 – January 2012
  4. How to ‘Chop’ a YouTube video and embed it into PowerPoint – April 2011
  5. Using Countdown Timers in PowerPoint – September 2010

My aim at the start of last year was to try to blog about once a week – I again failed in that quest, managing just 24 posts (including this one) so roughly 1 post every other week. I have always wanted to ensure that my blog is about quality not quantity, and part of my problem is that some of the clients that I work for do not want me to publicise or advertise what I am doing (fear of me giving away their advantage – personally I don’t think me blogging about what I am doing would do this, but I have to respect the wishes of the people that pay me).

One thing that does please me is the number of people that subscribe to my blog – this is currently over 1000. I know some of these may be bots not people, but I believe that over half are real people – and these get an email from me every time that I post.

will continue to blog next year, I would like to post a few more items but I say that every year….

Click here to see the complete report.


Free medical image repository – Wellcome Images

I have recently been working on a project for a University developing some midwifery resources related to breast feeding, which was very interesting but we did find problems locating appropriate Creative Commons images to use in the resources, even using my usual locations such as Xpert, Wikimedia, and CC Search.

Ironically it was whilst working on a completely different project that I stumbled across a service called Wellcome Images which is a source of free Creative Commons images which their website describes as:

“Wellcome Images is one of the world’s richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.”

There are a few conditions of use regarding the images, but basically it is free for educational use as per point 5 of the “How do I” section of their site.

“…reproduction in teaching materials created in any medium by a teacher or lecturer at an educational establishment for the purposes of teaching. This includes making printed copies of such materials for students and promoting and making such teaching materials available in electronic form , for example, via a virtual learning environment….”

There are some excellent images within here, and many are non-medicine related (there are lots of sport images for example), and what I really like are the old classical images, which I find really useful when creating learning resources, or PowerPoint presentations.