Our Year in Review: the Best of Nile Scribes in 2018

It is hard to believe that our blog has been active for over a year! We are planning the future of Nile Scribes in 2019 and beyond, but as we ring in the New Year in Toronto, we want to share some of our highlights in “Our Year in Review”. Thank you for helping us create a place online where Egyptologists can share their research and careers so that we can continue to promote Egyptian history and heritage!

Digital Resources for Teaching Ancient Egypt was our most popular blog post in 2018
Digital Resources for Teaching Ancient Egypt was our most popular blog in 2018

Most popular blog posts

We wrote on a range of topics and started a number of new blog series, including our ‘Travel’ series. We wrote about galleries and special exhibitions in 8 museums, interviewed 3 Egyptologists about their work, and reviewed many more films and games with Egyptianising elements. We were also proud to host 9 guest blogs written by our peers and colleagues. From the 55 blog posts published last year, our readers enjoyed these 5 posts the most:

  1. Digital Resources for Teaching Ancient Egypt
  2. Putting Egypt Back in Egyptology
  3. Top 5 Ancient Egypt Books for Kids
  4. 5 Things to see at Karnak
  5. 12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Egyptophiles

Most popular social media photo

Our Instagram account (@nilescribes), which we began in January 2018, surpassed the 1,000 follower mark in August. We are also happy to report that we have more than 1,000 likes on our Facebook page! We have been actively posting our #TravelTuesday and #FridayFind series along with blog updates and news stories. Our most popular photo of 2018 was taken at Giza inside the Solar Boat Museum and features Khufu’s solar boat which was found buried next to his pyramid.

Our greatest achievement

This year we marked the One Year Anniversary of Nile Scribes by launching our Patreon page! Patreon is a way for our followers to help us offset the costs of running our site (and keep it ad-free). When we started the page six months ago, we didn’t know what kind of response we would receive, but some of you answered our call! We are so grateful to our Patrons for your belief in us and your support for what we are doing!

Where are our readers from?

Our audiences come from all over the world, from 166 countries to be exact! The main language here may be English, though we are pleased that our readership in Egypt has increased since last year. In addition, our translator, Mahmoud Saleh, translated over a dozen of our blogs from last year for our Arabic-language website as well.

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Egypt
  5. Australia
Map of Nile Scribes readers (Courtesy: Google)
Map of Nile Scribes readers (Courtesy: Google)

A big Thank You from the Nile Scribes

Taylor: This was an exciting year for us! We redesigned our website and moved to our own web domain, celebrated our First Anniversary, and watched the Nile Scribes community grow exponentially online across our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Nile Scribes also gave me a place to share some very personal thoughts I have about studying Egyptology while I continue adjusting to life outside of Egypt after many wonderful years there. Overall, my favorite aspect of this project has been creating opportunities to collaborate with our colleagues and learning about how they study ancient Egypt. I have loved using our platform as a place to meet fellow enthusiasts and share some of their research interests and ongoing projects with the world.

Thomas: Running a successful blog takes a lot of time and commitment and, with Taylor pointing out our achievements in her review, I just wanted to share my two pennies on two things. Working as part of a successful team (all the while completing my doctoral research) allows us to accomplish things together we could not alone and there are some exciting news we are going to share with you shortly. Second, and this is perhaps the highest honour a blogger can ask for, is hearing about (and meeting) the many people who read our blog. I have met many persons over the past year and hearing your positive reactions to our blog, well, it makes this journey all the more worthwhile. After all, founding Nile Scribes was all about sharing the exciting world of Egyptology with the rest of the world.