How October 2021 Treated My Mathematics Blog

I’m aware this is a fair bit into October. But it’s the first publication slot I’ve had free. At least since I want Wednesdays to take the Little 2021 A-to-Z essays, and Mondays the other thing I publish. If that, since October ended up another month when I barely managed one essay a week. Let me jump right to that, in fact. The five essays published here in October ranked like this, in popularity, and it’s not just order of publication:

I don’t know what made “Embedding” so popular. I’d suspect I may have hit a much-searched-for keyword except it doesn’t seem to be popular so far in November.

So I got 2,547 page views around here in October. This is up from the last couple months. It’s quite average for the twelve months from October 2020 through September 2021, though. The twelve-month running mean was 2,543.2 page views per month, and the running median of 2,569 views per month. I told you it was average.

Bar chart showing two and a half years' worth of readership figures. After a fairly steep three-month decline both page views and unique readers rose slightly in August, dropped in September, and rose a fair bit in October.
Hey, they forgot to put in the advertisement offering to sell me some kind of further insight this month. Now how will I know to “post content that your readers respond to”?

There were 1,733 unique visitors, as WordPress makes it out. That’s almost, but a bit below average. The running mean was 1,811.3 visitors per month for the twelve months leading up to October. The running median was 1,801 unique visitors. I can make this into something good; it implies people who visited read more stuff. A mere 30 likes were given in October, below the running mean of 47.5 and median of 45. And there were only five comments, below the mean of 16.2 and median of 12.

Given that I’m barely posting anymore, though, the numbers look all right. This was 509.4 views per posting, which creams the running mean of 286.0 and running median of 295.9 views per posting. There were 346.8 unique visitors per posting, even more above the running mean of 203.2 and running median of 205.6 unique visitors per posting. Rating things per posting even makes the number of likes look good: 6.0 per posting, above the mean of 5.2 and median of 4.9. Can’t help with comments, though. Those hang out at a still-anemic 1.0 comments per posting, below the running mean of 1.9 and median of 1.4.

WordPress figures that I published 5,335 words in October, an average of 1,067.0 words per posting. That is my second-chattiest month all year, and my longest words-per-posting for the month. I don’t know where all those words came from. So far for all of 2021 I’ve published 44,323 words, averaging 599 words per essay.

As of the start of November I’ve published 1,656 essays here. They’ve drawn a total 146,834 views from 87,340 logged unique visitors. And drawn 3,285 comments altogether, so far.

If you’d like to follow this blog regularly, please do. You can use the “Follow Nebusresearch” button at the upper right corner of this page. Or you can get essays by e-mail as soon as they’re published, using the box just below that button. I never use the e-mail for anything but sending these essays. I can’t say what WordPress does with them, though.

To get essays on your RSS reader, use the feed at You can get RSS readers from several places, including This Old Reader or at Newsblur. You also can sign up for a free account at Dreamwidth or Livejournal, and use or to add my essays to your Reading or Friends page. This words for any RSS feed, and very many blogs and web sites offer them yet.

While my Twitter account is unattended — all it does is post announcements of essays; I don’t see anything from it — I am on Mathstodon, the mathematics-themed instance of the Mastodon network. So you can catch me as there, and I’m not sure anyone has yet. Still, thank you for reading, and here’s hoping for a good November.


Author: Joseph Nebus

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

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