How 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog


Oh yeah, I also got one of these. WordPress put together a review of what all went on around here last year. The most startling thing to me is that I had 188 posts over the course of the year. A lot of that is thanks to the A To Z project, which gave me something to post each day for 31 days in a row. If I’d been thinking just a tiny bit harder I’d have come up with two more posts and made a clean sweep of June.

The unit of comparison for my readership this year was the Sydney Opera House. That’s a great comparison because everybody thinks they know how big an opera house is. It reminds me of a bit in Carl Sagan and and Ann Druyan’s Comet in which they compare the speed of an Oort cloud comet puttering around the sun to the speed of a biplane. We may have only a foggy idea how fast that is (I guess maybe a hundred miles per hour?) but it sounds nice and homey.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

4 thoughts on “How 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

  1. I got one of those emails and was wondering if they first had to assume humans were spherical. But maybe that joke is too corny to repeat. In my case the number should have been ‘bloggers standing outside the Sydney Opera House’ – which is where I was when my wife took the pic I still use on WordPress.

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    1. Hey, you’re right. Bloggers standing outside the Sydney Opera House would be a good measure to use for a count of things. Unless there were a fire drill inside requiring everybody to leave, since that would artificially inflate the number of bloggers outside.

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    1. Well, thank you. It’s not as much work as you might think, partly because I do a fair bit of reblogging, and partly because things like the monthly statistics review or the Reading the Comics posts don’t take so much effort.

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