Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What You Are Looking For

Infrastructure Watch is not above self-promotion, but we try to focus on the topics related to infrastructure and the environment.  Even so, we got a little curious about what draws readers this blog.  We checked out the top Google search terms that linked people to this blog.  They are:

We noted the farewell of The Infrastructurist, a blog that was more professional, better researched and better written that IW.

On this blog (and on Keenan’s Book Reviews), contributor Keenan Patterson posted a review of Warren Bennis’ classic leadership book that he wrote for a class back in 1997.  Judging from the popularity of this search, it is still assigned reading in many classes. 

Plagiarists beware, if you can find this review so easily, so can your professor.  If you just need to talk about the book as if you’ve read it, good luck.  You might also want to check out Keenan’s review of How to Talk about Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard.

IW isn’t a prominent blog, but apparently referring to yourself as a blogger who makes no money from it (and linking to the complaint on your Google Plus page) is enough to get you in the top search results for the topic.  Now everyone will be doing it.

IW hasn’t exactly been a critic of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), at least not when it comes to the infrastructure funding that was part of the supplementary appropriations bill.  An IW contributor spent a fair amount of time doing ARRA-funded work in 2011 (I think we just mention this blog has not made any money, though it would be nice if it did).  Even so, we’ve posted several things related to ARRA including a summary of reviews of the program’s performance.

Whatever your reason for visiting Infrastructure Watch, thank you.  We hope you find the posts and links here useful.  In addition, thanks to those who link to us on your blogs and social networking profiles.  We welcome comments, especially from other professionals in environmental and infrastructure design, planning, construction, management and policy.

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