How September 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog
I put together another low-key, low-volume month in September. In trade, I got a low readership: my lowest in the past twelve months, according to WordPress, and less than a thousand readers for the first time since May. Well, that’s a lesson to me about something or other.
So there were only 922 page views around here, down from August’s 1,002 and July’s 1,057. The number of distinct readers rose, at least, to 575. There had been only 531 in August. But there were 585 in July, which is the sort of way it goes.
The number of likes rose to 115, which is technically up from August’s 107. It’s well down from July’s 177. There were 20 comments in September, up from August’s 16 yet down from July’s 33. I think this mostly reflects how many fewer posts I’ve been publishing. There were just eleven original posts in August and September, compared to, for example, July’s boom of 17. I am thinking about doing a new A To Z round to close out the year, which if past performance is any indication would bring me all sorts of readers as well as make me spend every day writing, writing, writing and hoping for any kind of mathematics word that starts with ‘y’.
I’m not surprised that my most popular post for September was a Reading the Comics post. With hindsight I realize it’s almost perfectly engineered for reliable readership. It’s about something light but lets me, at least in principle, bring up the whole spectrum of mathematics. That said I am surprised two of the most popular posts were stepped deep into Freshman Calculus, threatening to be inaccessible to casual readers. But then both of those posts started out when online friends needed help with their calculus work, so maybe it better matches stuff people need to know. The most-read articles around here in September were:
- Reading the Comics, September 17, 2016: Show Your Work Edition which includes some real actual pictures to look at.
- L’Hopital’s Rule Without End: Is That A Thing? Offering a calculus problem I didn’t have an answer to, and that John Quintanilla did answer, magnificently.
- How August 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog and yeah it feels weird having this kind of post in my most-read posts roundup.
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? and I wonder now that I have a better camera whether I could get an even worse picture of the back cover of the Buggles’ The Age Of Plastic.
- Dark Secrets of Mathematicians: Something About Integration By Parts which is about one of those calculus tricks that isn’t needed so much by itself but that suggests a really potent way of looking at mathematics expressions.
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Czech Republic was the only single-reader country last month, and no country’s on a two- or more-month single-reader streak. European Union dropped from three page views so I don’t know what they’re looking for that they aren’t finding here.
Search Term Non-Poetry:
Nothing all that trilling among the search terms, although someone’s on a James Clerk Maxwell kick. Among things that brought people here in September were:
- how many grooves on a record
- james clerk maxwell comics strip
- james clerk maxwell comics
- james clerk maxwell comics stript about scientiest
- james clerk maxwell comics streip photos
- james clerk maxwell comics script scientist
- record groove width in micrometers
- example of comics strip of maxwell
Definitely have to commission someone to draw a bunch of James Clerk Maxwell comics.
October starts with the mathematics blog at 41,318 page views from 17,189 recorded distinct visitors. (The first year or so of the blog WordPress didn’t keep track of distinct visitors, though, or at least didn’t tell us about them.)
WordPress’s “Insights” tab tells me the most popular day for reading stuff here is Sunday, with 18 percent of page views coming then. Since that’s the designated day for Reading the Comics posts that doesn’t surprise me. The most popular hour is 6 pm, which gets 14 percent of readers in. That must be because I’ve set 6 pm Universal Time as the standard moment when new posts should be published.
WordPress says I start October with 624 total followers, up modestly from September’s 614 base. There’s a button on the upper-right corner to follow this blog on WordPress. Below that is a button to follow this blog by e-mail. And if you’d like you can follow me on Twitter too, where I try to do more than just point out I’ve posted stuff here. But also to not post so often that you wonder if or when I rest.