Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Origins of famous Starfleet ship names, part two

Hi guys
As you well know I love starships!
So I wanted to find a way of writing all about starships without getting all technical on you! 

Which is why I wanted to write this blog post all about the origins (and inspiration) for famous Starfleet vessels.

What I am hoping to do in this blog, is explain:

  • Where the ships have appeared in Star Trek cannon (and what they've done).
  • Who or what has inspired the name of the vessel, and the reason they are famous.
    That energised a member of the Star Trek Production team to commission a Starfleet vessel in it's or their honour.
U.S.S. Archer (NCC-44278) Excelsior Class


The U.S.S. Archer is an Excelsior Class starship seen in an okudagram in the stellar cartography scene in Star Trek Nemesis. As it was never seen on screen, it's very difficult to say what version of the Excelsior Class starship the U.S.S. Archer was.
But it's safe to say that it's likely to have been a heavily refitted version, similar to the U.S.S. Lakota seen in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Paradise Lost".

When Captain Picard and Data are discussing the (redirected) Federation Task Force (Starfleet Battle Group Omega) they're attempting to rendezvous with at sector 1045. Tasked with trying to aid the U.S.S. Enterprise-E in destroying the Reman warbird Scimitar (under the command of Shinzon).
But unfortunately the U.S.S. Archer (and the rest of the Federation Task Force) isn't actually seen on screen, as the Enterprise-E was ambushed by the Scimitar.

Forcing it to face the Scimitar on it's own in the Bassen Rift without the support of the Battle Group Omega... but with some Romulan help.
The Battle of the Bassen Rift as it became known, marked 2379 as being a major turning point in changing relations between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire ever closer to peace.

The U.S.S. Archer of course gets it's name from the 'in universe' (canon) history of Star Trek. Which as the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 41) points out is named after the famed 22nd Century Captain Jonathan Archer of Enterprise NX-01, United Earth's first full-fledged starship.

In that role, he was responsible for greatly expanding United Earth's presence in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. Making first contact with more than a dozen species, most notably the Klingons, the Andorians, the Ferengi and the Xindi.
Along with numerous pre-warp civilizations leading onto the establishment of the Prime Directive. Something I'm sure Jamie wouldn't want me to forget to mention!

He's also widely accredited for saving Earth from the Xindi, and paved the way for the founding of the United Federation of Planets.
Leading onto him becoming one of the earliest Federation Presidents, and to be considered the "greatest explorer of the 22nd century" by historian John Gill.

U.S.S. Cairo (NCC-42136) Excelsior Class

The U.S.S. Cairo is also an Excelsior Class starship. However this was actually seen (briefly) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Chain Of Command, Part I".
Where it rendezvoused with the Enterprise-D in 2369, in order to transfer Captain Edward Jellico on board the ship. So that he could temporarily command the Enterprise whilst Captain Jean-Luc Picard was on his Top Secret mission to Celtris III (alongside Doctor Crusher & Lieutenant Worf).

Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Cairo was deployed to defend the Minos Korva system when it was threatened by a potential Cardassian attack.
Following the peaceful conclusion of the crisis, Captain Jellico returned to his command on the Cairo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Chain of Command, Part II".

Five years later (in 2374) during the Dominion War, it's now under the command of Captain Leslie Wong. Who was tasked with patrolling the Romulan Neutral Zone.
Although the fate of the ship is unknown, it was believed to have been ambushed and destroyed by Dominion forces who had crossed into Romulan space to attack the Cairo. Which you hear about during the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "In the Pale Moonlight".

The U.S.S. Cairo was named after the Egyptian capital of the same name (obviously!) called Cairo (al-Qāhirah in Arabic). Is known most famously around the world for being the location of The Great Pyramids of Giza, the last remaining example of the Seven Wonders of the World in existence!

Located on the River Nile, Cairo was founded in 969 CE (Common Era or Current Era) by the Fatimid dynasty, before being conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1517 when they won the Ottoman–Mamluk War of 1516–1517.
But the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals (such as Fustat, al-Askar and al-Qatta'i) whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo.
The city's metropolitan area is one of the largest in Africa, the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world, and is the 15th-largest in the world. Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life, and is titled "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture.

Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab world. Along with the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, the Al-Azhar University. Many international media businesses, and organizations have their regional headquarters in the city; including the Arab League which has had its headquarters in Cairo for most of its existence (since 1945).
The city has a population of over 9 million people, who are spread over 1,191 square miles (3,085 square kilometres). With an additional 9.5 million inhabitants living in close proximity to the city.

With so many people Cairo is classed as a megacity, so subsequently suffers from the high levels of pollution and traffic associated with a city of it's size. Which may also explain why Cairo's Metro, ranks amongst the fifteen busiest in the world, with over 1 billion annual passenger rides. The economy of Cairo was ranked first in the Middle East in 2005, and 43rd globally on Foreign Policy's 2010 Global Cities Index.
U.S.S. Phoenix (NCC-65420) Nebula Class

The U.S.S. Phoenix is an Nebula Class starship seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Wounded".

In 2367, Captain Benjamin Maxwell in command of the U.S.S. Phoenix turned vigilante as he seemingly destroys a Cardassian outpost and several ships in Sector 21505 without provocation.

He claimed his actions were justified. As he believed that the Cardassians were preparing to renew hostilities, only a year after peace had been declared between the United Federation of Planets and the Cardassian Union.
As a result, Starfleet dispatches Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise to intercept and ultimately stop the Phoenix from it's attack.
En route to intercept the Phoenix, the Enterprise's sensors revealed that Captain Maxwell was attempting to destroy another supply ship.
In an attempt to prevent the further destruction of Cardassian lives and property, Captain Picard gave a nearby Cardassian warship the Phoenix's prefix code to give the Cardassians an advantage. Despite taking a direct hit with its shields down, the Phoenix still managed to destroy the attacking ship with a salvo of torpedoes.

When the Enterprise finally caught up with the Phoenix, Captain Picard ordered Captain Maxwell back to Starbase 211. However during their return, Captain Maxwell veered off course and headed towards another supply ship.
Once the Enterprise had arrived at their position, Captain Maxwell demanded that Captain Picard search the vessel as proof that his actions were justified. But Captain Picard refused and a stand-off ensued.

Ultimately the stand-off ended successfully with no further loss of lives when Chief Miles O'Brien was able to transport over to the Phoenix during a 1/50th of a second "window". When the ship's high energy sweeps caused a brief 'hole' to appear in it's shields. Once on board he managed to convince Maxwell to stand down.
In spite of the situation, Captain Picard warned Gul Macet that Captain Maxwell's suspicions may have had a basis in truth. in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Wounded".

The U.S.S. Phoenix was named after the first Human warp capable starship in the 'in-universe' (canon) history of Star Trek. Which was instrumental in instigating Human's First Contact with Vulcans on April 5th 2063.
Lastly, the same shot of the Phoenix being launched can be seen (briefly) in the opening titles of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Built by Doctor Zefram Cochrane the inventor of warp drive (along with Lily Sloane), built the ship from a United States Air Force nuclear missile inside it's missile (silo) complex in Bozeman, Montana.
Dr. Cochrane was the pilot, and Lily Sloane was initially intended to be one of the co-pilots. But after the Borg travelled back in time to stop the launch. William Riker and Geordi La Forge (both of the U.S.S. Enterprise-E, from 2373) served as the crew on it's augural first flight.
After helping Dr. Cochrane repair the Phoenix, with the help of the Phoenix's' blueprints which were stored on the Enterprise-E's LCAR's computer system.

If you'd like to find out more about the starship named after Zefram Cockrane (U.S.S. Cockrane) make sure you check out my previous Blog post!

This flight attracted the attention of a passing Vulcan survey ship (the T'Plana-Hath). Causing them to change course, eventually leading them to make First Contact.
First Contact Day was celebrated annually to commemorate this First Contact between Humans and Vulcans, and was featured in the opening scene of the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Homestead".

A model of the Phoenix was kept in Travis Mayweather's old quarters aboard the ECS Horizon, which can be seen in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Horizon".

Presumably the same [prop] model along with a blueprint of the Phoenix (created by the Phoenix's designer John Eaves) can be briefly glimpsed on display in Admiral Forrest's Starfleet Command office in San Francisco during the events of 2154.
All of which can be seen in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode's "The Expanse" and "Home".

The pewter model was produced in limited numbers by the Franklin Mint and was put on sale in 2001. With each model was also personally signed by the Phoenix's designer John Eaves.

A couple of blueprints for the Phoenix were also on display in the 602 Club (also located in San Francisco). Including one which might look quite familiar from a certain Admiral's office!
Which can be seen in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "First Flight"
For more information see John Eaves blog about the 602 Club:
By the 24th century, the Phoenix was an exhibit in the Smithsonian Institution.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard saw the exhibit many times as a boy, but was never allowed to touch it (Star Trek: First Contact).

The Phoenix also gets a mention in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Year of Hell, Part I". When on Day 47 (of an alternate timeline) an injured Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres and Ensign Harry Kim are trapped inside a damaged turbolift for six hours following a Krenim attack.

During which they spent their time playing a 24th Century version of Trivial Pursuit, despite her experiencing increasing pain, she stubbornly tries to think of the answer to his latest puzzle.
When Seven of Nine pries the door open and frees them. She then immediately answers Harry Kim's final question about the name of Zefram Cochrane's ship (the Phoenix) and tells them that the Borg were present during the events (obvious reference to Star Trek: First Contact).
SS Tsiolkovsky (NCC-53911) Oberth Class

The SS Tsiolkovsky is an Oberth Class starship seen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Naked Now".

The Tsiolkovsky was assigned to observe the collapse of a red giant star. But during their eight month mission the crew fell victim to a form of polywater intoxication. So after Starfleet lost contact with the ship. They ordered the Enterprise to investigate the fate of the vessel and its 80 crew members on stardate 41209 (in 2363).
The Tsiolkovsky was discovered adrift in space, with its bridge open to space due to an open emergency hatch, with all hands lost. When the Enterprise-D crew became infected with the same virus, and was put in danger from a stellar core fragment.
In order to escape the crew of U.S.S. Enterprise-D bounced a repulsor beam off the Tsiolkovsky. Which pushed the Enterprise-D away from the fragment, and providing the necessary time needed to restore power to the engines to warp away.
While the Enterprise-D survived, the Tsiolkovsky was destroyed. This all takes place during the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Naked Now".

The SS Tsiolkovsky was named after the Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Wikipediaspace.comNASA).
Who was Soviet rocket scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory.

In 1894 Tsiolkovsky designed a monoplane that was not flown until 1915. He built the first Russian wind tunnel in 1897. He was also an insightful visionary who thought a great deal about the uses rockets could have to explore (and master) space in equal measure.
He was the author of Investigations of Outer Space by Rocket Devices (1911) and Aims of Astronauts (1914). Tsiolkovsky also created rocket dynamics, which used mathematics and physics to study (and model) the manner in which they operated.

In 1903 he published the rocket equation (called the Tsiolkovsky formula) in the Nauchnoe Obozrenie (Scientific Review) magazine.
Which established the relationships among rocket speed, the speed of the gas at exit, and the mass of the rocket and its propellant. This equation is the basis of much of the spacecraft engineering done today.
In 1929 he published his theory of multistage rockets, based on his knowledge of propulsion dynamics.
It's this work combined work over thirty five years which made him (alongside Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Hermann Oberth and Robert H. Goddard) one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry and astronautics.
It also later inspired other leading Soviet rocket engineers such as Sergei Korolev and Valentin Glushko to design (and build) the successful Soyuz spacecraft. Which helped contribute to the success of the Soviet space program in the 1960's, and are still in use to this day!

U.S.S. Chekov (NCC-57302) Springfield Class

The U.S.S. Chekov is a Springfield Class starship seen (destroyed) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of both Worlds, Part II".
In late 2366, the USS Chekov was one of 40 starships mobilized at Wolf 359 to intercept a Borg cube en route to Sector 001 (Earth). The Chekov engaged the Borg at the subsequent battle where it was destroyed, along with the rest of the fleet. "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II".
The U.S.S. Chekov doesn't get it's name from the real world... but from the 'in-universe' (canon) history of Star Trek.
This is because the ship's named after the noted 23rd century Starfleet officer... Pavel Andreievich Chekov (Павел Андреевич Чехов in Russian).
Who mainly served as the navigator and security chief aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise (Star Trek: The Original Series) and the U.S.S. Enterprise-A.
But he also briefly became the First Officer of the U.S.S. Reliant (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).
Before returning as security chief on-board the U.S.S. Enterprise-A, until it's decommission in 2293.
played a more variable role than other senior crew members under Captain James T. Kirk. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

U.S.S. Tian An Men (NCC-21382) Miranda Class

The U.S.S. Tian An Men is an Miranda Class starship seen in an okudagram in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Redemption, Part II".

In early 2368, the Tian An Men was docked at Starbase 234's spacedock for repairs. The ship joined Captain Picard's fleet that blockaded the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War. It was prematurely deployed, despite the yard superintendent's belief that the ship was not ready for launch.
Experienced officers from the Enterprise augmented the crew of this ship. The ship was one of twenty-three assembled for the fleet. It was also one of the seventeen starships chosen for the tachyon network. Identified by its name and registry number, the ship's position in the network was monitored from the Enterprise-D.

A plan was hatched by Picard, which he hoped would lure the Romulans through the detection grid. When Gowron launched a full attack against the forces of the House of Duras, the Romulan ships would rush to their aid. During this, the U.S.S. Excalibur would fall back with feigned engine troubles, taking the U.S.S. Akagi and the U.S.S. Hornet.
In doing so, this would open up a small gap in the detection net for the Romulans to attempt to pass through. As their ships passed through the gap, the Enterprise-D and the Tian An Men would swing around, close the gap, and catch the Romulans in the act.

The plan was foiled when the network was disrupted by a high-energy burst released by the Romulans, the net was no longer effective in a radius of ten million kilometers around the U.S.S. Sutherland. Subsequently, Picard ordered the fleet to proceed to Gamma Eridon at maximum warp, where the fleet would attempt to re-establish the net before the Romulans got there.

In late 2373, the Tian An Men was assigned to patrol along the Federation's border with the Cardassian Union. It was reported missing, possibly due to action by the Jem'Hadar. Seen in the Star Trek: The Deep Space Nine episode "In the Cards".

The ship later fought in the Dominion War at the First Battle of Chin'toka in late 2374. Where it, along with the U.S.S. Hood and the U.S.S. Nautilus assisted the U.S.S. Defiant in destroying the asteroidal moon that supplied power to the orbital weapon platforms, which protected the Chin'toka system. Seen in the Star Trek: The Deep Space Nine episode "Tears of the Prophets".

The U.S.S. Tian An Men was named after the Chinese square of the same name (obviously) called Tiananmen Square or Tian'anmen Square.

is a city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen ("Gate of Heavenly Peace") located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China in the square on October 1, 1949; the anniversary of this event is still observed there.
Tiananmen Square is within the top ten largest city squares in the world (440,500 m2 – 880×500 m or 109 acres – 960×550 yd). It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.
Outside China, the square is best known for the armed suppression of the pro-democracy June 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

But is known around the world for being the location of the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

The 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, commonly known in mainland China as the June Fourth Incident (Chinese: 六四事件, liùsì shìjiàn), were student-led demonstrations in Beijing (the capital of the People's Republic of China) in 1989. More broadly, it refers to the popular national movement inspired by the Beijing protests during that period, sometimes called the '89 Democracy Movement (Chinese: 八九民运, bājiǔ mínyùn).
The protests were forcibly suppressed by Chinese Premier Li Peng who declared martial law. Where the army (including troops with automatic rifles and tanks) fired at the demonstrators trying to block the military's advance into Tiananmen Square. It's because of this action, it became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre in the West.
Although the overall figure is unknown, the number of civilian deaths has been estimated variously from 180 to 10,454.
U.S.S. Franklin (NX-326) Starship Class

The U.S.S. Franklin is an Starship Class starship seen in the Star Trek: Beyond.

We all know that the U.S.S. Franklin was simply named after Justin Lin's father... Franklin Lin.
The U.S.S. Franklin's registry number NX-326 pays homage to Leonard Nimoy (Memory Alpha & IMDB) as his birthday is March 26 or 3-26.

That name was chosen in recognition of Justin Lin's father, Frank Lin; the vessel's dedication plaque has a slightly wider gap between the letters "k" and "l" to further emphasise this tribute. While the Franklin's registry number (326), was in honour of Leonard Nimoy's birthday.
Both I think are well deserved loving tributes!

But I'd like to offer up a couple of alternatives up for your consideration, which I think have the same level of reasoning as the Star Trek production team.
As I'd like to argue that the ship was in fact named after a historical figure with the Franklin surname... either John Franklin or Benjamin Franklin!

But I also think that you could put the same level reasoning as the Star Trek production team.  behind the name, and argue that the ship was in fact named after a historical figure with the Franklin surname John Franklin or Benjamin Franklin!

but I also think that with a little bit of reasoning behind the name, and argue that the ship was in fact named after John Franklin or Benjamin Franklin!

Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic. Although he also served as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1837 to 1843.
He disappeared on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. But the ships became icebound, and had to be abandoned looking for help.
Unfortunately leading to the entire crew's ultimate demise dying of starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning, and scurvy.

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was foremost an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity (most famously his 1752 Kite experiment).
Meanwhile as an inventor, he is most known for inventing the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, amongst other inventions.
Finally, he founded many American civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.
I hope you've enjoyed reading my starships blog post, hopefully it has given you an insight into how (over the years) the Star Trek Production team have decided what to name the Starfleet ships seen in the series and subsequent films.
This is Simon from The Engage Podcast signing out!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Podcast Schedule 2019

Hi guys, a new year means a new Podcast Schedule!
Once again, this is an incomplete just like previous years "this schedule (at the time that I write this) is subject to change". Partly, because we've learnt (the hard way) that things don't tend to go the way we plan.

It's also because this year's schedule is going to work out the same way as last years schedule (See our Star Trek 'odds and ends' episode for more information).
As once again we've mutually decided that the workload (and the schedule) should be divided up a little bit more evenly.
Meaning that this year will be divided into two different sections, with each section managed by a different member of the team:
Simon:- 1st January 2018-30th July 2019
Jamie:- 1st September-31st December 2019
This still means that, we also have an awful lot of different options (and ideas) available to us. Which we'll decide on at the time (when needed!).
Hopefully making 2019's schedule an interesting year to be a follower of The Engage Podcast, we hope that you enjoy what we've got in store for you this year... not that even I know what's going to happen in the second half of the year!!!

Jamie's General Interest- Life is Strange
Star Trek Room 101a Pre-recorded
TEP Gift Guide
The Engage Podcast at The Kings Langley Sci-Fi Palooza 2!
Absent Friends 2019
Character Profile: Elim Garak
Yearbook 2019

What Star Wars can teach Star Trek (featuring Jedi Fight Academy) Pre-recorded
Convention advice (featuring Neil Green)

Boldly Blessed Bajorians
Shore Leave (R&R) Itineraries (featuring Sarah TiT)

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Four year Anniversary of The Engage Podcast Blog: facts and figures!

Hi guys
Four years ago today (on Monday 16th June 2014), I founded this very blog with my first very understated blog post introducing you to the blog, and the podcast.
Since then me, Jamie (along with Phil) have collectively written (and published) a staggering 67 blog posts (including this one) covering a plethora of different topics.

All written in the hopes of fulfilled my whole aim for this blog, to give you a better understanding of who we are (something I feel like we've achieved). So that we (me, Jamie and Phil) didn't come across as two dimensional to you (our readers & listeners) by just talking entirely about Star Trek.
So I wanted to give you an insight into our other interests outside of the Star Trek franchise, which have included (amongst others):
  • Our joint interest in history (specifically the Second World War).
  • Time Travel.
  • Anne Frank.
  • Personal Heroes.
  • Quizzes, competitions (more to come in the future) and challenges.
  • Guides to podcasting (and a Trekkie's Christmas List).
  • Game of Thrones.
  • Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.
As the blog had a very low key Birthday last year, I thought it was about time that I celebrated it's Anniversary properly this year. So I'm hoping that by writing this particular blog post in celebration of it's fourth Birthday I'll have accomplished that!
An honour which we'll (hopefully) also bestow onto the podcast later this year (on the 3rd of October), so look out for that!!!

For this post I wanted to commemorate the event slightly different from previous years. So as you'll have guessed from the title of this blog post, I'll be talking through some of the facts and figures about the blog which I thought you might find interesting.
So I'll make it clear throughout this blog:
All information is correct as of 14:45pm BST (British Summer Time) on Friday 15th June 2018

Since the blog launched on 16th June 2014, it has been visited by a grand total of 17,445 people from right across the world.
With the most views primarily based in the United States (with 5,132 views), Russia (with 4,282 views) and the United Kingdom (with 2,946 views).
Although trust me when I say that those three are just "the tip of the iceberg".
As when I check the blog every so often (ok if I'm honest fairly frequently!). I always get surprised (and amazed) by some of the incredible places you our wonderful readers (and listeners) are reading our blog posts from.

All information is correct as of 14:45pm BST (British Summer Time) on Friday 15th June 2018

Which every time gets me excited to think that although I probably haven't been there (possibly not yet) at least my words have at least 'visited'!

With 67% (11,650 people) of you (like me) unsurprisingly using a Windows Operating System. Followed by 11% Mackintosh (2,024 people), 7% Linux (1,289 people), 6% Other [iPhone, iPad & Unix] (1,308 people), and 5% Android (1,306 people).

All information is correct as of 14:45pm BST (British Summer Time) on Friday 15th June 2018

In terms of the Browsers people are using it's all over the place, with 37% (6,424 people) using Google Chrome. Followed by 34% (5,916 people) using Internet Explorer, 17% (3,052 people) using Firefox, and 5% (1,002 people) using Safari.

All information is correct as of 14:45pm BST (British Summer Time) on Friday 15th June 2018

If you've been a long time reader of the blog, you'll probably already be aware of an automatically updating Blogger feature I've added to the bottom of the blog which tells you the five most "Popular Posts from the past 30 days".
As an Admin for the blog, I can view an expanded version of that function in the Stats section. Which allows me to see the most popular posts (and pages) from either that instance (in the 'Now' function), Day, Month and even from All time.

From those stats, what I'm most proud to say is that the hardest blog posts I've ever decided to write (and invested the most time into writing) have become the most successful.
Whilst one of my most favourite blog posts I've ever written, is the third most read blog posts on the site.

In first place, as the most read blog post is my Simon’s General Interest blog post- Anne Frank. Which has been read a total of 1,542 times since it was published on the 9th of June 2016. This alone accounts for a staggering 8.8% of the total viewership of the site in general.
My Simon’s General Interest blog post- Anne Frank blog post has been the hardest to write, and the most time consuming. As it took me well over three years of constant writing and 'tweaking' (since December 2013) before it got published.
Which isn't even taking into consideration, all the time that the other fantastic people (my friends Daniel, Penny and Jamie) I brought in to proof read it for me (something I've never done) and to help me by giving me constructive criticism. Something I still really appreciate them doing to this day!
I went to that much effort, as I wanted to make sure that I'd done the topic justice as I think you'll probably realise (from the blog post and the episode) it’s an interest quite close to my heart (as I point out at the end of the blog).
So considering all the emotion surrounding the topic of the blog post, and the extensive effort that had gone into researching it and writing it. It's absolutely amazing to see that it's a something you enjoy reading.

In second place, it's my Simon: My Dyslexia and Dyspraxia blog post. Which has been read a total of 1,112 times since it was published on the 10th January 2015. Accounting for 6.3% of the total viewership of the site in general.
This was another hard blog post to write, as it was through my Simon: My Dyslexia and Dyspraxia blog post that I decided it was time that I finally dealt with my own 'personal demons' (Dyslexia and Dyspraxia) head on (something I don't like doing). As I'd felt as though they'd controlled my life and held me back all those years (as I point out in the blog's introduction). But since I started the blog I've felt as thought I'm now in control over them.
Writing this blog post made it public knowledge, which meant I felt quite vulnerable. But I thought that it was well worth it, if I could help people and raise awareness of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia along the way. 

In third place it's my Origins of famous Starfleet ship names blog post. Which has been read a total of 758 times since it was published 5th of August 2015. Accounting for 4.3% of the total viewership of the site in general.

I'm so pleased that you find it interesting too, as I know that a lot of you out there aren't total Ship Geeks like I am!
Which is why I give myself a challenge before I wrote it. Not to make my Origins of famous Starfleet ship names blog post too technical (as I point out in the blog's introduction) talking about "teching the [fictional] tech" (see Mission Log Podcast).
So I decided to infuse a little bit of history into it, by talking about real famous people (and things) behind the starship's names I thought would be interesting to research and to write about.
I really enjoyed writing this blog post, as each starship took an awful lot of painstaking (in universe and real life) research.
Which was really interesting to read, as it took me in all different directions... and taught me a lot of things I didn't know before I wrote it!!!

All information is correct as of 14:45pm BST (British Summer Time) on Friday 15th June 2018

We would just like thank you all for your continued support, you have no idea how much we really appreciate it!!!

Even though it's another Anniversary blog post where I haven't done an awful for it...
This is Simon from The Engage Podcast signing out!