It’s a good time for my occasional review of how blogging here is going. And it turns out from WordPress’s statistics that apparently I don’t need to blog anymore for things to turn out all right. But March ended up a slow and outright lazy month for me, with only twelve posts (one of them the monthly statistics report) and I feared what would happen to my readership numbers.
Turns out, nothing. There were 1,026 page views in March from 699 unique visitors. In February there’d been 1,063 views from 680 unique visitors, and in January some 1,031 page views from 586 unique visitors. That’s reassuring, especially as I work out when I’m going to have the energy for a new A to Z sequence.
Oh, reader engagement might have dropped, since most of what I wrote was Reading the Comics posts and they’re pretty closed topics. I can’t think of a way to turn “here’s one where the student misinterprets the word problem” into something debatable. Maybe “here’s one where the student does not misinterpret the word problem”, since posting an error is the surest way to get a correction. There were only 15 comments in March, down from February’s 18 and way down from January’s 34. Maybe I need to do a blog potluck or something to encourage chatter. I was slightly more liked, though. There were 85 likes clicked around here in March. This is technically different from February’s 77 and January’s 97.
Three of the month’s top five articles were ones I would have expected. One is becoming a perennial. The remarkable thing to me is none of my March Madness themed pieces was a top-five. Maybe everyone was too angry about their brackets collapsing the first day. But popular were:
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? which is the new perennial.
- Reading the Comics, March 18, 2017: Pi Day Edition which I figured would be popular.
- Reading the Comics, March 14, 2016: Pi Day Comics Event which I didn’t think would be that popular but what do search engines know of years?
- How To Use Roman Numerals (A Not Quite Useful Guide) which surprised me since there’s not much to it.
- Reading the Comics, March 15, 2015: Pi Day Edition which proves that I don’t go checking whether I’ve used a particular edition name before posting.
Among the popular search terms this month were:
- isosceles trapezoid pretty
- what are the priorities of teen agers 20 years ago and in the present? venn diagram
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe
- how many grooves on a vinyl record
- teetotallers might get a laugh out of this jumble
- cartoon spank bot 3000
- comics about law of conservation
Yeah, I’m not putting some of those terms into Google. I’m scared enough after I searched on a technical issue and got the note that there were some more results I could see if I turned Safe Search off. I don’t know what might be in there but I don’t need to see that.
Here’s the roster of countries and page views:
|Hong Kong SAR China||1|
|Saudi Arabia||1 (*)|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1|
|Hong Kong SAR China||27|
|US Virgin Islands||12|
|South Korea||1 (*)|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
South Korea is the only country that was single-reader two months in a row. I think that’s the closest to a complete turnover I’ve gotten since I started tracking this.
The most popular posts this month were three of the Immortals and then one that just captured people’s imagination:
- How Dirac Made Every Number
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side?
- One Way To Get Your Own Theorem
- Reading the Comics, February 6, 2017: Another Pictureless Half-Week Edition
Clearly I need to do more how-to mathematics posts.
Among the search terms bringing people here:
- what do you think would a trapezoid look like we rotate it by quarter-turn?
- comic strip about statistics and probability
- comic strip about velocity and scalar
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe
- comics about gay-lussac law
- comics about liquefaction
- comics of pythagoras ideas about model of the universe
I hesitate to swipe Math With Bad Drawings’ schtick, but this does suggest I ought to be commissioning some comic strips for here.
WordPress thinks I started the month with 642 followers on WordPress. You can be among them by using the link in the upper-right corner of this theme. There’s also the chance to follow by e-mail, which a couple of people do. The advantage of following by e-mail is you get the blog by e-mail, so that I don’t have the chance to fix typos and clumsy word choices before you can see it. And I’m on Twitter, as @nebusj, if you want to see that. You get some hints of it from one of the panels on the right.
March 2017 starts with my page here having got 46,198 views from something like 20,155 recorded unique visitors. (The blog started before WordPress counted unique visitors in any way they tell us about.) So my humor blog’s overtaken this one in both counts, but that’s all right. I post more stuff over there.
6:00 pm on Friday, 3 February, 2017
Tags: 2017 ( 3 ), January, popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 )
My mathematics blog finally broke the psychologically important barrier of 1,000 page views in January! It’s an important barrier to me. WordPress’s statistics say I drew 1,031 page views in January, the largest number since July. In December 2016 I’d puttered around 956, and November 923. This came from only 586 distinct readers, about the same as in December (589) and November (575), but that just implies more archive-binging going on.
What’s baffling and a tiny bit disheartening about this is it came on one of my least-written months. I posted only 11 articles in January, compared to 21 in December and November. This was my laziest month since September. I have no idea what’s the most economical balance between time spent writing and instances of being read. But given two of the top-five articles this past month I suspect I got identified as an authority on a couple of questions.
Part of why I suspect that’s so: there were only 97 pages liked around here in January. That’s the lowest count I’ve seen in the past twelve months, and it’s down a fair bit from December’s 136 and November’s 157. Maybe I need a couple more posts per month to encourage reader engagement. Or maybe not. There were 33 comments in January, not that different to December’s 29 and November’s 35. I think that a lot of January’s comments were examinations of December’s readership review. That counts, of course, although it suggests people have more fun talking about blogging than they do about mathematics. I can’t fault them; there’s a natural limit to how much there is to say about a comic strip filling a blackboard full of mathematics symbols.
According to Insights my most popular day for page views here was Thursday, which throws me. It’s usually Sundays, when there’s always a Reading the Comics post. But for January it was Thursdays, with 16 percent of page views. That’s not very much above 1/7th of the days, though, so I suspect there’s not much link between what day it is and whether anybody reads me. The most popular hour, with 10 percent of page views, was yet again 6:00 pm, which I’m assuming is 6 pm Universal Time. I set most posts to appear at 6:00 pm Universal Time.
So here’s what was popular around here in January:
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? because ‘1’ is not the answer that satisfies people, for fair reasons.
- Reading the Comics, January 7, 2016: Just Before GoComics Breaks Everything Edition and I hope folks aren’t disappointed that GoComics did not, in fact, break everything.
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw, always something people would like to know. Just wait until I figure out how many pentagons I can draw.
- Reading the Comics, December 30, 2016: New Year’s Eve Week Edition, which didn’t have pictures but did let me say who invented the word “tesseract”.
- 48 Altered States which proves what they always say: people love Voronoi diagrams.
Here’s always-liked list of countries and number of page views from each. And for another month running India’s a top-five country; I don’t know why that should satisfy me so. Singapore comes in pretty high too, but I can explain why that satisfies me. I used to work there.
|Hong Kong SAR China||33|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||3|
|Northern Mariana Islands||2|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1|
Bangladesh, Belgium, and Kuwait were single-reader countries last month. No country’s on a three-month single-reader streak. There were 53 countries altogether sending me readers, up from December’s 50 and November’s 46. I make that out as 13 single-view countries, technically down from December and November’s 15. The mysterious “European Union” reader is gone again.
Search terms were the usual meager set of things, including:
- comics strip of production function
- little iodine comics
- 5 color map theory (way easier than the four-color map theorem, plus it let me rag on New England so I’m glad someone was looking)
- how to do pinball league and how does pinball league work (get some players and some pinball machines, and have them play each other. It’s easy and fun! Try to get it in a bar somewhere, as that’s good for giving the place a pleasant casual air; but there’s interesting probability stuff going on in the topic)
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe (with and without a period on the end)
- what engineering taught in school dy/dx what society expect him to do mason image (um … I don’t know?)
- urban legend venn diagram (I know of no urban legends about Venn diagrams and would be delighted if someone shared one. I also don’t know any Venn diagrams showing elements in common among various urban legends, but that would probably be a neat way of organizing at least some tales and I’d be glad at least for seeing those).
February starts with my blog having 45,135 page views from 19,475 admitted distinct viewers. (My first year or so WordPress didn’t record unique visitors in any way they’ve told us about.) I seem to start February with 646 WordPress.com followers and I don’t know how that compares to the start of January. I failed to keep track of that. I do wonder how many of those are active yet.
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6:00 pm on Thursday, 12 January, 2017
Tags: countries ( 21 ), December, popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), Twitter ( 6 ), WordPress ( 36 )
I’m getting back to normal. And getting to suspect WordPress just isn’t sending out “Fireworks” reports on how the year for my blog went. Fine then; I’ll carry on. Going back to the Official WordPress statistics page and sharing it for whatever value that has we find that … apparently I just held November 2016 all over again. Gads what a prospect.
As ever I exaggerate, and as ever, not by much. There were 956 page views from 589 distinct readers in December. In November there were 923 page views from 575 distinct readers. There were 21 posts in December, compared to 21 posts in November. Both are up from October, 907 page views from 536 visitors, although that was a nice and easy month with only 13 posts published. I’m a little disappointed to fall under a thousand page views for four months running, but, like, I tried posting stuff more often. What else can I do, besides answer comments the same year they’re posted and chat with people on their blogs? You know?
There were 136 pages liked in December, down from November’s 157 and up from October’s 115. Comments were down to 29 from November’s 35, and while that’s up from October’s 24 I should point out some of January’s comments are really me answering December comments. I had a lot of things slurping up time and energy. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to count the comments I wrote in January as anything other than January’s comments, though.
According to Insights, my most popular day for reading is Sunday, with 17 percent of page views coming then. I expected that; Sunday’s been the most popular day the last few months. It’s only slightly most popular, though. 17 percent (18 percent last month) is about what you’d expect for people reading here without any regard for the day of the week. 6 pm was the most popular hour, barely, with 9 percent of page views then. That’s the hour I’ve settled on for posting stuff. But that hour’s down from being 14 percent of page views in November. I don’t know what that signifies.
My roster of countries and the page views from them looks like this. I’m curiously delighted that India’s becoming a regular top-five country.
|United Arab Emirates||2|
|Saudi Arabia||1 (**)|
|South Africa||1 (**)|
There’s 50 countries altogether that sent me viewers, if we take “European Union” as a country. That’s up from November’s 46. There were 15 single-view countries, the same as in November. Denmark was a single-view country last month. Japan, Saudia Arabia, and South Africa are on three-month single-view streaks. “European Union” is back after a brief absence.
For the second month in a row none of my most popular posts were Reading the Comics essays. They instead were split between the A To Z, some useful-mathematics stuff, and some idle trivia. The most popular stuff in December here was:
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? (yes, someday I will do something about improving that picture)
- What Do I Need To Pass This Class? (December 2016 Edition) which pointed to the number-four entry, and which got ten fewer views so …
- The End 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Weierstrass Function (more popular than I’d have guessed!)
- What Do I Need To Pass This Class? … now you know the penalty for making people click just one more time.
- The End 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Tree whose popularity surprises me.
- The End 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Voronoi Diagram which I’m listing because I’ve got an amusing thing to share next week that should reference this.
There weren’t many specific search terms; most were just “unknown”. Of the search terms that could be known I got this bunch that started out normal enough and then got weird.
- comics strip of production function
- comics of production function theory
- comics about compound event in math
- comics trip math probability
- example of probability comics trip
- population of charlotte nc 1975
- a to z image 2017
- mathematics dark secrets
I, um, maybe have an idea what that last one ought to find.
January starts with my mathematics blog having gotten 44,104 page views total from 18,889 distinct known visitors. That’s still a little page view lead on my humor blog, but that’s going to be lost by the start of February. My humor blog’s been more popular consistently the several months, and the humor blog got some little wave of popularity the past couple days. Why should it have had that? My best guess: I’m able to use that platform to explain what’s going on in Judge Parker, which I can’t quite justify here. Maybe next month.
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6:00 pm on Tuesday, 6 December, 2016
Tags: countries ( 21 ), November ( 3 ), nucleosynthesis ( 4 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), Singapore ( 5 ), Twitter ( 6 ), WordPress ( 36 )
I didn’t forget about reviewing my last month’s readership statistics. I just ran short on time to gather and publish results is all. But now there’s an hour or so free to review that WordPress says my readership was like in November and I can see what was going on.
So, that was a bit disappointing. The start of an A To Z Glossary usually sees a pretty good bump in my readership. The steady publishing of a diverse set of articles usually helps. My busiest months have always been ones with an A To Z series going on. This November, though, there were 923 page views around here, from 575 distinct visitors. That’s up from October, with 907 page views and 536 distinct visitors. But it’s the same as September’s 922 page views from 575 distinct visitors. I blame the US presidential election. I don’t think it’s just that everyone I can still speak to was depressed by it. My weekly readership the two weeks after the election were about three-quarters that of the week before or the last two weeks of November. I’d be curious what other people saw. My humor blog didn’t see as severe a crash the week of the 14th, though.
Well, the people who were around liked what they saw. There were 157 pages liked in November, up from 115 in September and October. That’s lower than what June and July, with Theorem Thursdays posts, had, and below what the A To Z in March and April drew. But it’s up still. Comments were similarly up, to 35 in November from October’s 24 and September’s 20. That’s up to around what Theorem Thursdays attracted.
December starts with my mathematics blog having had 43,145 page views from a reported 18,022 distinct viewers. And it had 636 WordPress.com followers. You can be among them by clicking the “Follow” button on the upper right corner. It’s up from the 626 WordPress.com followers I had at the start of November. That’s not too bad, considering.
I had a couple of perennial favorites among the most popular articles in November:
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? which has the answer you know right away and the answer that’s interesting;
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw which is still six;
- The End 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Algebra which I’m not surprised people found interesting;
- The End 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Boundary Value Problems which I am surprised people found interesting. Apparently there’s a cry for pop partial diff eq stuff; and finally,
- A Thanksgiving Thought Fresh From The Shower a probability question I finally answered in early December.
This is the first time I can remember that a Reading The Comics post didn’t make the top five.
Sundays are the most popular days for reading posts here. 18 percent of page views come that day. I suppose that’s because I have settled on Sunday as a day to reliably post Reading the Comics essays. The most popular hour is 6 pm, which drew 11 percent of page views. In October Sundays were the most popular day, with 18 percent of page views. 6 pm as the most popular hour, but then it drew 14 percent of page views. Same as September. I don’t know why 6 pm is so special.
As ever there wasn’t any search term poetry. But there were some good searches, including:
- how many different ways can you draw a trapizium
- comics back ground of the big bang nucleosynthesis
- why cramer’s rule sucks (well, it kinda does)
- oliver twist comic strip digarm
- work standard approach sample comics
- what is big bang nucleusynthesis comics strip
I don’t understand the Oliver Twist or the nucleosynthesis stuff.
And now the roster of countries and their readership, which for some reason is always popular:
|Hong Kong SAR China||4|
|Czech Republic||1 (***)|
|Saudi Arabia||1 (*)|
|South Africa||1 (*)|
|United Arab Emirates||1 (*)|
That’s 46 countries, the same as last month. 15 of them were single-reader countries; there were 20 single-reader countries in October. Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates have been single-reader countries for two months running. Czech has been one for four months.
Always happy to see Singapore reading me (I taught there for several years). The “European Union” listing seems to have vanished, here and on my humor blog. I’m sure that doesn’t signal anything ominous at all.
6:00 pm on Saturday, 5 November, 2016
Tags: calculus ( 81 ), comics ( 75 ), countries ( 21 ), James Clerk Maxwell ( 5 ), October, popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), Twitter ( 6 ), WordPress ( 36 )
I do try to get these monthly readership review posts done close to the start of the month. I was busy the 1st of the month, though, and had to fit around the End 2016 Mathematics A To Z. And then I meant to set this to post on Thursday, since I didn’t have anything else going that day, and forgot.
The number of page views declined again in October, part of a trend that’s been steady since June. There were only 907 views, down a slight amount from September’s 922 or more significantly from August’s 1002. I’ll find my way back above a thousand in a month if I can. A To Z months are usually pretty good ones, possibly because of all the fresh posts reminding people I exist.
The number of unique visitors dropped to 536. There had been 576 in September, but then there were only 531 unique visitors in August, if you believe that sort of thing. The number of likes was 115, exactly the same as in September and slightly up from August’s 107. The number of comments rose to 24, up from September’s 20 and August’s 16. That’s certainly been helped by people making requests for the End 2016 Mathematics A To Z. But that counts too.
The most popular post of the month was a surprise to me and dates back to September of 2012, incredibly. I suspect someone on a popular web site linked to it and I never suspected. And the Reading the Comics posts were popular as ever.
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? and boy do I need to get a better picture of that record. I’d taken a pretty chintzy one because I wanted to post the essay with a picture and I didn’t balance the color or anything.
- Reading the Comics, October 14, 2016: Classics Edition in which I surprise myself with how much I talk about polls.
- How Differential Calculus Works, a subsidiary piece to my “Why Stuff Can Orbit” series and that at least gets into how to do differentials.
- Reading the Comics, October 1, 2016: Jumble Is Back Edition featuring the puzzle feature.
- Reading the Comics, October 22, 2016: The Jokes You Can Make About Fractions Edition which also has another Jumble puzzle.
I’ve been trying to limit these most-popular posts to just five pieces. But How Mathematical Physics Works was the next piece to make the top ten and I am proud of it, so there.
Where did my readers come from in October? All over, but mostly, from 46 particular countries. Here’s the oddly popular list of them:
|Czech Republic||1 (**)|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
Estonia and Portugal are on two-month streaks as single-read countries. The Czech Republic’s on a three-month streak so. Nobody’s on a four-month streak, not yet.
Search Term Non-Poetry:
Once again it wasn’t a truly poetic sort of month. But it was one that taught me what people are looking for, and it’s comics about James Clerk Maxwell. Look at these queries:
- comic strips of the scientist maxwell
- comics trip of james clerk maxwell
- comics about maxwell the scientist
- james clerk maxwell comics trip
- log 10 times 10 to the derivative of 10000
- problems with vinyl lp with too many grooves
- comics about integers
- comic strip in advance algebra
I admit I don’t know why someone sees James Clerk Maxwell as a figure for a comics trip. He’s famous for the laws of electromagnetism, of course. Also for great work in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Also for color photography. And explaining how the rings of Saturn could work. And for working out the physics of truss bridges, which may sound boring but is important. Great subject for a biography. Just, a comic?
November sees the blog start with 42,250 page views, from 17,747 unique visitors if you can believe that. I’m surprised the mathematics blog still has a higher view count than my humor blog has, just now. That one’s consistently more popular; this one’s just been around longer.
WordPress says I started November with 626 followers, barely up from October’s 624. If you have wanted to follow me, there’s a button on the upper-right corner of the blog for that, at least until I change to a different theme. Also if you know a WordPress theme that would work better for the kind of blog I write let me know. I have a vague itch to change things around and that always precedes trouble. Also you can follow me on Twitter, @Nebusj, or check that out to make sure I’m not one of those people who somehow is hard to Twitter-read.
According to the “Insights” tab my readership’s largest on Sundays, which makes sense. I’ve standardized on Sundays for the Reading the Comics essays. That gets 18 percent of page views, slightly more than one in seven views. The most popular hour is again 6 pm, I assume Universal Time. 14 percent of page views come in that hour. That’s the same percentage as last month and it must reflect when my standard posting hour is.
6:00 pm on Tuesday, 4 October, 2016
Tags: calculus ( 81 ), comics ( 75 ), James Clerk Maxwell ( 5 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 )
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.
|Czech Republic||1 (*)|
|Hong Kong SAR China||1|
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.
6:00 pm on Friday, 2 September, 2016
Tags: August, countries ( 21 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 )
August 2016 is not actually the month I gave up around here. It was one of my least-prolific months in a long while, though. It was personally a less preoccupied month than July was, but I think a lot of things I’d put off to keep projects like Theorem Thursdays going came back to demand attention and my writing flagged off. And there’s my usual slackness in going around to other blogs and paying visits and writing comments and all that. So let’s see just how bad my readership numbers were, according to WordPress. Just a second, let me look. I think I’m braced.
Huh. So my eleven posts in August drew 1,002 page views from 531 unique visitors here. That’s down from July’s 1,057 views from 585 visitors, and from June’s 1,099 views and 598 visitors. But July had 17 posts, and June 16, so the count of readers per post is way up. Well, if people like seeing me in lesser amounts, I guess that’s all right.
If they do. There were only 107 likes given to my posts in August, down from July’s 177 and June’s 155. That’s almost constant if we look at it per-post.
The number of comments collapsed. There were 16 in August, compared to 33 in July and 37 in June. That’s a good bit down per-post, too. I suspect it’ll pick up once the Why Stuff Can Orbit posts get going in earnest again.
I didn’t have as strongly popular posts this month. In July all the top-ten posts had at least thirty page views. In August it was a mere 19. But what was popular did reflect, I’d say, a good sample of the kind of stuff I write:
- Some Mathematical Tweets To Read (links to other stuff is always popular here; I’m glad I don’t take that personally)
- How July 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog (I always feel weird when the readership-report interest)
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? (featuring an incredibly color-unbalanced photograph of the back side of the Buggles’ first album)
- Reading the Comics, August 19, 2016: Mathematics Signifier Edition (from a very busy week during which I learned of “cheese charts”)
- What Did I Post On Theorem Thursdays? (a convenient link to the nine of those essays)
I think the listing of every country worked out last month. So here, let me do it again.
|United Arab Emirates||6|
Denmark, Lithuania, and Turkey were single-reader countries last month too. Nobody’s on a three-month streak. European Union has gone from two to three page views. Still not a country.
Search Term Non-Poetry:
That cryptic “origin is the gateway” thing is gone again. What isn’t gone?
- divergence and stokes theorem cartoons
- comics strips of james clerk maxwell (?)
- komiks arithmetic sequence in real life situation (??)
- stock theorem and divergence theorem cartoon
- segar bernice (a Popeye thing. Bernice the Whiffle Hen was part of the Thimble Theatre story by which cartoonist E C Segar discovered the best character he ever wrote)
Yeah, I know. Not much of anything.
The month started with my blog having 40,396 recorded page views — I missed whoever was number 40,000 — from some 16,614 recorded visitors. But my blog started before WordPress told us anything about unique visitors so who knows whether that means anything.
WordPress says I start September with 614 total followers, which isn’t very far up from the start of August’s 610. But it wasn’t a month were I did much to draw attention to myself. If you want to join me as a WordPress.com follower there ought to be a button in the upper-right corner, a bit below and to the right of my blog name and above the “Or Follow By Way Of RSS” tag. There’s also a Follow Blog Via Email option. And I’m on Twitter also, like so many people are these days.
WordPress says the most popular day for reading stuff here is Sunday, with 21 percent of page views last month. That seems reasonable; I’ve made Sunday the default day for Reading the Comics posts and haven’t had to skip a week yet. Sunday’s been the most popular day of the week for three months now. It says the most popular hour is 6 pm, with 12 percent of page views. It had been 3 pm in June and July. I’ve tended to set things to post at 6 pm Universal Time, so maybe this reflects people reading stuff just as I post it. That too seems like what we ought to expect. I don’t know why I get all suspicious of that.
6:00 pm on Thursday, 11 August, 2016
Tags: alliteration, humor ( 70 ), pinball ( 9 ), popularity ( 19 ), Theorem Thursday ( 11 ), writing ( 25 )
The biggest thing I learned from my Theorem Thursdays project was: don’t do this for Thursdays. The appeal is obvious. If things were a little different I’d have no problem with Thursdays. But besides being a slightly-read pop-mathematics blogger I’m also a slightly-read humor blogger. And I try to have a major piece, about seven hundred words that are more than simply commentary on how a comic strip’s gone wrong, ready for Thursday evenings my time.
That’s all my doing. It’s a relic of my thinking that the humor blog should run at least a bit like a professional syndicated columnist’s, with a fixed deadline for bigger pieces. While I should be writing more ahead of deadline than this, what I would do is get to Wednesday realizing I have two major things to write in a day. I’d have an idea for one of them, the mathematics thing, since I would pick a topic the previous Thursday. And once I’ve picked an idea the rest is easy. (Part of the process of picking is realizing whether there’s any way to make seven hundred words about something.) But that’s a lot of work for something that’s supposed to be recreational. Plus Wednesdays are, two weeks a month, a pinball league night.
So Thursday is right out, unless I get better about having first drafts of stuff done Monday night. So Thursday is right out. This has problems for future appearances of the gimmick. The alliterative pull is strong. The only remotely compelling alternative is Theorems on the Threes, maybe one the 3rd, 13th, and 23rd of the month. That leaves the 30th and 31st unaccounted for, and room for a good squabble about whether they count in an “on the threes” scheme.
There’s a lot of good stuff to say about the project otherwise. The biggest is that I had fun with it. The Theorem Thursday pieces sprawled into for-me extreme lengths, two to three thousand words. I had space to be chatty and silly and autobiographic in ways that even the A To Z projects don’t allow. Somehow those essays didn’t get nearly as long, possibly because I was writing three of them a week. I didn’t actually write fewer things in July than I did in, say, May. But it was fewer kinds of things; postings were mostly Theorem Thursdays and Reading the Comics posts. Still, overall readership didn’t drop and people seemed to quite like what I did write. It may be fewer but longer-form essays are the way I should go.
Also I found that people like stranger stuff. There’s an understandable temptation in doing pop-mathematics to look for topics that are automatically more accessible. People are afraid enough of mathematics. They have good reason to be terrified of some topic even mathematics majors don’t encounter until their fourth year. So there’s a drive to simpler topics, or topics that have fewer prerequisites, and that’s why every mathematics blogger has an essay about how the square root of two is irrational and how there’s different sizes to infinitely large sets. And that’s produced some excellent writing about topics like those, which are great topics. They have got the power to inspire awe without requiring any warming up. That’s special.
But it also means they’re hard to write anything new or compelling about if you’re like me, and in somewhere like the second hundred billion of mathematics bloggers. I can’t write anything better than what’s already gone about that. Liouville’s Theorem? That’s something I can be a good writer about. With that, I can have a blog personality. It’s like having a real personality but less work.
As I did with the Leap Day 2016 A To Z project, I threw the topics open to requests. I didn’t get many. Possibly the form gave too much freedom. Picking something to match a letter, as in the A to Z, gives a useful structure for choosing something specific. Pick a theorem from anywhere in mathematics? Something from algebra class? Something mentioned in a news report about a major breakthrough the reporter doesn’t understand but had an interesting picture? Something that you overheard the name of once without any context? How should people know what the scope of it is, before they’ve even seen a sample? And possibly people don’t actually remember the names of theorems unless they stay in mathematics or mathematics-related fields. Those folks hardly need explained theorems with names they remember. This is a hard problem to imagine people having, but it’s something I must consider.
So this is what I take away from the two-month project. There’s a lot of fun digging into the higher-level mathematics stuff. There’s an interest in it, even if it means I write longer and therefore fewer pieces. Take requests, but have a structure for taking them that makes it easy to tell what requests should look like. Definitely don’t commit to doing big things for Thursday, not without a better scheme for getting the humor blog pieces done. Free up some time Wednesday and don’t put up an awful score on Demolition Man like I did last time again. Seriously, I had a better score on The Simpsons Pinball Party than I did on Demolition Man and while you personally might not find this amusing there’s at least two people really into pinball who know how hilarious that is. (The games have wildly different point scorings. This like having a basketball score be lower than a hockey score.) That isn’t so important to mathematics blogging but it’s a good lesson to remember anyway.
6:00 pm on Saturday, 6 August, 2016
Tags: countries ( 21 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), themes, WordPress ( 36 ), writing ( 25 )
I’m not unhappy. Of course not; I can find something cheery to say about whatever my readership in a given month was like. But for a month in which I spent nearly two weeks away from my normal Internet routines of visiting blog friends and belatedly answering comments and the like it wasn’t bad at all.
So there were 1,057 page views in July. That’s down from June’s 1,099, but only a touch, and it’s up from May’s 981. And it’s above a thousand which makes me feel secure about being at least tolerated in these parts. The number of unique visitors was down to 585 from June’s 598 and May’s 627. But the June-to-July drop I can’t imagine is significant.
The number of likes rose to 177, from June’s 155 and May’s 133. I can’t hide it: I’m hoping for 199 in August and I don’t know where it’ll go from there. Comments were down a touch to 33, from June’s 39. But some of that is my failing to respond to other people because I was away. My own comments should count, shouldn’t they?
I am considering making one of those big changes and switching away from the theme — “P2 Classic” — that I have. I like its look, especially that it lets comments appear on the front page around here. But I’ve realized that the theme is a disaster on mobile devices. I don’t want to be needlessly difficult.
Also while it’s got a nice friendly “Whatcha up to?” panel up top for me, to quickly add a post, I have never used it except when I wanted to search for something and the cursor was in the wrong field. If someone knows of an updated P2 Classic that you can read on a hand phone please let me know. I’d be glad for it.
To posts! The most popular stuff around here in July was a fair split between Reading the Comics posts and Theorem Thursday posts, plus a note that something I started back in May would too be returning. I hope to get to that soon again, maybe this week. That’s also comforting. They’re the things I put the most effort into and I’m glad people like them and don’t find much terribly wrong about them. The top five articles in July according to WordPress were:
- Theorem Thursday: The Jordan Curve Theorem (Writing this was one of the most fun essays I’ve done around here. I’m really happy it’s popular.)
- Reading the Comics, June 29, 2016: Math Is Just This Hard Stuff, Right? Edition (I feel like that’s my Edition title half the time for this stuff.)
- Theorem Thursday: The Five-Color Map Theorem (This is the one with all the 17th century New England jokes in it.)
- Reading the Comics, July 8, 2016: Filling Out The Week Edition (This one has the slightly mysterious and/or controversial Vent Diagram cartoon.)
- Why Stuff Can Orbit: Why It’s Waiting (Theorem Thursday got in the way, plus some stuff about Kant.)
What countries like me? … You know what? Bullet lists are so reportedly popular I’ll just try listing everybody and we’ll see what that does for drumming up interest. Readership by country, per WordPress’s data, were:
|Hong Kong SAR China||5|
|United Arab Emirates||2|
Ukraine is the only country to have been a single-reader country in June too. This is the nearest clean sweep I’ve noticed. The European Union reader, after seven months being alone, found a friend too. I hope they get along.
Search Term Non-Poetry:
Whew. It’s back.
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe.
- what is the average number of grooves on one side of an lp record (if “1” doesn’t satisfy you)
- arithmetic sequences and series joke 48 (the punch line I’d heard was “why did they laugh so much at 15,268?” “Well, you see, we’d never heard that one before!”)
- example of convergent boundaries komiks stris (honestly now tempted to commission a comic strip artist just to do something about convergent boundaries.)
- comics about arithmetic sequence / arithmetic sequence comics (probably I should also commission one about sequences)
If I have this right August started with the blog having had 39,394 page views — curse that leap second! — and 16,083 unique viewers. (Because the leap second would give time for one more page view, keeping me from 39,393. If there were a leap second, and if it were at the end of July instead of the end of June. Trust me, if you share a long sequence of assumptions with me then it’s funny.)
WordPress reports me as starting with 610 WordPress.com followers, which feels way up from the start of July’s 597. If you want to join me as a WordPress.com follower there ought to be a button in the upper-right corner, a bit below and to the right of my blog name and above the “Or Follow By Way Of RSS” tag. There’s also a Follow Blog Via Email option and don’t think it doesn’t bother me there’s no dash in E-mail there. More reasons to change the theme I suppose.
I’d wondered last month about WordPress reporting the most popular dates and times around here. So that’s why I moved my default posting time from 11 am Eastern to 2 pm Eastern. But just as in July the most popular day is Sunday (22 percent of page views). Comics posts I suppose. The most popular hour remains 3:00 pm (9 percent of page views). It kind of suggests the time of posting doesn’t matter to people. We’ll see, as I start trying 6 am or if I try something really wild like eleventy-q pm.
See you, I expect, tomorrow with comic strips.
6:00 pm on Saturday, 2 July, 2016
Tags: countries ( 21 ), popularity ( 19 ), publicity ( 2 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 )
I like the nice block-form style organization my monthly vanity post, as I used last month. So I’ll stick with that another month.
My raw readership was up a little bit in June! It came to 1,099 page views, breaking that important psychological barrier of a thousand. May had a mere 981 page views. April had 1,500 but that was a month when I posted something every single day, which is quite the strain. June I cut back to sixteen posts in the month, although five of them were the challenging Theorem Thursdays posts. I like those, but the more I figure one is going to be a quick, easy little thing to dash off the longer it is. I don’t understand the dynamic there.
And yet the number of unique visitors dropped. There were 598 visitors in June, compared to the 627 in May, and the 757 in April. I’ll chalk the difference up to archive-binging. That’s comforting to think .
The number of likes received rose to 155. It had been at 133 in May, but at 345 in the busy month of April. The number of comments which weren’t just linkbacks rose from 22 to 37, which makes me feel a bit more confident that I’m actually interesting people here. I’m not sure how many of those are responses I finally got around to making from comments people posted in May, though. It’s just too easy to take an evening off and then be suddenly three weeks behind.
There were quite a few popular posts this time around. Everything in the top ten had at least thirty page views, which used to be the biggest thing of the month. It’s about the mix of subjects I might have guessed:
- Theorem Thursday: What Is Cramer’s Rule? and I’m almost tempted to ask someone to come in and say good stuff about it. The impression one would get is that everybody hates the poor thing.
- Some Useful Mathematics For A Saturday Morning which offers infographic content I didn’t write. Pizza-related.
- What’s The Longest Proof I’ve Done? I don’t know, but I do talk about some enormous ones at least.
- Reading the Comics, June 11, 2016: Mostly Mathematics As A Signifier Edition and it would hardly be my little blog here if it weren’t for Reading the Comics posts.
- What’s The Shortest Proof I’ve Done? and while I’m not positive, I put in my best guess.
Which countries sent me the most readers? The ones you’d expect if you’ve seen this before:
- United States (640)
- Canada (40)
- United Kingdom (36)
- Australia (34)
- Germany (33)
(India’s in seventh place, at 30. Singapore sent me eleven page views. Poland’s nowhere to be seen.)
Single-reader countries this time around were:
- European Union (******)
- New Zealand
My European Union reader has checked in for exactly one page for seven months in a row now. No other countries are on a two-month or other streak.
Search Terms Non-Poetry:
The real news is that the mysterious “origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe” did not appear in my search terms this month. Some of the stuff that did, though:
- how many grooves in a vinyl record
- how i taught my grandmother to read comic
- asleep while solving equations
- when a trapezium is keep horizontal, which one is base, blog
- intermediate value theorem temperature
I’m glad I could help with some of these at least. I’m not sure what’s meant by keeping a trapezium horizontal. Maybe if it’s a right trapezium and the only slanted side is the one on top? I would pick the longer of the parallel legs as “the” base in that case.
If I make this out right, July starts with my page having 38,337 views from 15,498 recorded distinct visitors. Also that my most popular day for being read is Sunday, at 3 pm. Sunday seems unambiguous enough but I don’t know what time zone that 3:00 is. I set most of my posts to appear at 3 pm UTC, which right now is about 11 am Eastern. Maybe I should spend July posting stuff at 5 pm UTC to see if that clears up what time zone this means.
WordPress reports me as starting the month at 597 readers through the site, which is considerably up from the start of June’s 586. I mean considerably for me. Still eleven e-mail followers, which feels like it’s too many people to address individually and too few people to address impersonally. I make up such complicated problems for myself.
On the upper right of these pages should be a little blue button to “Follow Another NebusResearch”. Under that should be a Follow By E-Mail button, if you want to make it twelve. I’m on Twitter, if you want to see me on Twitter. If none of that interests you, all right. This little performance-review post is done anyway. Thanks for being here.
3:00 pm on Saturday, 4 June, 2016
Tags: countries ( 21 ), popularity ( 19 ), publicity ( 2 ), readership ( 33 ), reblogs, time ( 5 ), WordPress ( 36 )
The start of the Theorem Thursdays project did delay my monthly vanity post. That’s all right. I can be vain on a schedule. But I do like spending time mulling over the WordPress statistics around here and pondering their meaning.
My readership dropped in May as I expected. I posted only fifteen times in May, compared to daily in April and for that matter March. But my readership didn’t halve. It dropped back to about what it was before the Leap Day A To Z project, which I’m not sure how to read. It suggests folks around here were reasonably eager to see more stuff from me but that I maybe didn’t draw in so many new readers. Let me break things around:
For simple page views: I fell short of the important-only-to-me threshold of a thousand page views. There were 981 views, down from 1,500 in April and 1,557 in March. Rated per posting — and I know some people were reading archive material rather than new posts — that’s not a bad trend, though. That’s about 65 page views per posting, compared to 50 in the busier months before.
There were, WordPress says, 627 unique visitors in May. That’s down from April’s 757 and March’s 734. But again per-posting … well, that’s nearly 42 per post in May, compared to 25 in April and 24 in March. I’d be interested in the posting schedule that gets the best readership per post, but it’s probably impossible to work that out.
The big measure of reader engagement, comments, looks catastrophic in May: only 22 comments, down from 55 in April and 84 in March. But that’s an illusion. I learned that linking to an old post using its full URL, which for me starts nebusresearch.wordpress.com, creates a backlink that WordPress regards as a comment. If I use a short URL, starting wp.me, that creates the backlink but it doesn’t count as a comment. So I was curious how many comments there were which weren’t self-made comments and apparently 22 it is. But I haven’t got any way of figuring out how that compares to previous months, not without doing a lot of boring counting.
But the number of likes were down too. There were 133 of them in May, down from 345 in April and 320 in March. Even per-post that’s a collapse. It averages just under 9 per posting, compare to 11 and a half in April and a bit over 10 in March.
The five most popular posts in May? The usual blend: me referring to other stuff, me reading comics, and trapezoids.
- The Poincaré Homology Sphere, and Thinking What I’ll Do Next, pointing to a surprisingly popular discussion involving some serious mathematics.
- Reading the Comics, May 3, 2016: Lots Of Images Edition and see what pictures will do? There was another Reading the Comics post in the top five set but you don’t need to see all of them.
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw as someone asked a fresh question about them.
- Counting Things, pointing to the Baking And Math blog posts about the Gauss circle problem.
- How Interesting Is A Baseball Score? Some Partial Results, as I carry on exploring information theory and sports scores.
The countries sending me the greatest number of readers were the United States (564 page views), Canada (88), India (34), and Germany (33). That’s all about in order. Single-reader countries — and I’ll put this in a bullet list because I read that people like those — were:
- Burkina Faso
- China (**)
- Czech Republic
- European Union (*****)
- Hungary (*)
- Serbia (*)
- South Korea (*)
Hungary, Serbia, and South Korea were single-reader countries last month. China’s been a single-reader country the last two months. The European Union is in its sixth straight month as a single-reader country despite the fact that, you know, not a country. Whoever’s doing this is trying to provoke some weird reaction from me.
June started with my little blog here at 37,238 page views from an alleged 14,900 unique viewers. There’s reportedly 586 WordPress followers, up from 579 at the start of May and 573 at the start of April. And being a WordPress follower should be easier than it used to be, as I put a little blue “Follow On WordPress” button in the upper right corner of the page. It’s right above the “Follow Blog Via Email” card that I really want to rewrite as e-mail because I’m like that. There’s still apparently only eleven e-mail followers but, well, hi, gang.
WordPress’s “Insight” tab on the statics viewer says my most popular reading day is Wednesday, with 17 percent of page views. I don’t think I’ve posted anything on a Wednesday all May. But since Wednesdays are fourteen percent of the week I suppose that’s just a meaningless bit of static. It also says my most popular hour is 3:00 pm, which gets 17 percent of page views. Yes, I’m suspicious about that seventeen turning up again. But I haven’t got any reason to think that’s meaningless either, what with the hour from 3 to 4 pm not being 17 percent of the day. I have no idea if this is 3 pm my time, or Universal Time, or whatever time zone WordPress Master Command’s server is in. I’d appreciate some clarification on this point.
Stuff WordPress admits brought people to me? Not so much interesting stuff, but, what the heck. Here’s some:
- jumble comic before
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe.
- historical comic stories
- disney comic strips
- tiger bud blake
- nebus test medical
- wet cement comic
At least I can feel pretty confident that https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/ search found the right place.
3:00 pm on Monday, 2 May, 2016
Tags: calculus ( 81 ), comics ( 75 ), countries ( 21 ), Jumble ( 10 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 )
So now to my review of readership statistics. I’d expected another strong month. If I’ve learned anything it’s that posting a lot of stuff regularly encourages readers. I got to have another month with more than 1,000 readers here. In fact, there were a neat 1,500 page views, according to WordPress. This is a bit lower than March’s 1,557 page views. But remember that March had one more day than April did, and so had one more article. April had an average of fifty page views per post. March had 50.226. That’s no appreciable difference, I figure. February had 949 page views, although with only 14 articles. (And so about 68 page views per article posted, somehow.)
The number of unique visitors, as WordPress makes them out, was up though. April saw 757 visitors, a record around these parts. March only had 734, and February a relatively skimpy 538.
The measurements that seem to reflect reader engagement were ambiguous as ever. The number of likes was 345, technically up from March’s 320, and well above February’s 201. The number of comments, though, was 55, plummeting from March’s 84 and February’s 66. Part of that is I didn’t have any good controversies like the Continued Fractions post this month. But writing articles that encourage conversations, especially conversations between commenters (it can’t all be me chatting with individuals), has never been a strength of mine and I do need to ponder ways to improve that.
Proud as I am of the A To Z series, I must face the facts: none of the essays was in my top five most-read articles for April. One does sneak in at sixth place so I’ll list the top six articles instead. I’m going to suppose that the series pretty much balances out. That is, few of the articles have reason to read that one instead of another post. What are most popular are Reading the Comics posts, my trapezoids thing, and a couple of pointers to other people’s writing. Well, we can’t all be stars; someone has to be the starmaker. Most read in April:
- A Girl’s Thoughts On Continued Fractions, pointing particularly to a new thrice-a-week blog.
- Reading the Comics, April 5, 2016: April 5, 2016 Edition including some Zippy the Pinhead stuff.
- Also, Some Mathematics Answers, Whatever Those Are, including some calculus stuff.
- the Comics, April 15, 2016: Remarkably, No Income Tax Comics Edition but, warning: Jumble content.
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw in which I still haven’t thought of a seventh. So, six.
- A Leap Day 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Quaternion, which I think fascinated people because it teased all kinds of weird new number-like constructs.
There’s not any interesting search terms this month. Well, all right, there’s “what is an inversly [sic] propotional [sic] dice”. But I don’t know what the searcher was looking for there. I got the traditional appearance of “origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe.” And I got asked “what makes a basketball tournament exciting?” I don’t know, but I was able to give at least a non-perfectly-ridiculous measure of how interesting one might be.
And for the always-popular listing of countries? As is usual for some reason, the United States sent me the greatest number of page views: 863. India was second at 80, and Canada third at 61. Austria was next at 45, and the United Kingdom and Germany tied for 42.
Single-reader countries were Belarus, Botswana, China, Dominican Republic, European Union, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Kuwait, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion, Serbia, South Korea, and Switzerland. Again, European Union. I’ve said that before. China, European Union, and Greece were there last month too. The European Union is somehow on a five-month single-reader streak. At this point I have to think whoever is doing it is doing so on purpose and for a bit of a giggle.
The month begins with 36,256 page views total, from 14,273 recorded visitors. I’ve reportedly got 579 WordPress readers, up from the 573 at the start of April, despite putting the Follow This Blog icon in a more prominent location. Well, there were some nice stretches of people following each of several days in a row and that’s something. It also lists eleven followers by e-mail, up from ten last month. Again, it’s all something.
3:00 pm on Sunday, 10 April, 2016
Tags: continued fractions, fractions ( 19 )
I discussed continued fractions recently, and with some controversy. So I imagine people might be interested in another view.
Friday’s post on the MathsByAGirl blog is on the subject. Continued fractions get more discussion than I offered about how to represent them, and what those representations might tell us.
3:00 pm on Saturday, 2 April, 2016
Tags: countries ( 21 ), India ( 8 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 )
I admit, I didn’t keep my discipline in March as well as I did in February and January. I checked partway through to see how my readership was doing. But I also knew it’d be pretty good. Long strings of daily posts are good for WordPress readership. Probably they’re good for everybody. And I made it through March without missing a day! So these A To Z projects seem good for me on several counts.
For March 2016, I had a record 1,557 page views, from a record 734 distinct visitors. The previous record had been in November, with 1,215 page views, most of those spillovers from the Apartment 3-G collapse. February had given me 949 page views from 538 visitors. January, 998 page views from 523 visitors.
The number of likes was up, to 322. That’s not a record. My record was back in June, when 518 ‘likes’ were clicked. That was my first A To Z project. I can’t explain the difference there. Still, 322 likes is up from February’s 201 and January’s 202. Comments were also up. There were 84 in March, compared to 66 in February and 53 in January. That’s not like the June 2015 high of 114. But I’m pretty sure WordPress counts my pages linking back to earlier pages as if they were comments. So I could make these numbers as high as my patience allowed.
For all that my A To Z has unquestionably brought in readers, none of the individual A To Z essays was among the most-read essays in March. That probably reflects people just reading them on the blog’s main page. There shouldn’t be a need to click on an individual essay’s page to read the whole thing. And you can even read and post comments from the main page, which I think’s an advantage of the theme here (P2 Classic). Anyway, the most popular posts for March were:
- Reading the Comics, March 3, 2016: Let Popeye Do Mathematics Edition, which I guess shows that people like seeing Popeye calculate stuff.
- Terrible And Less-Terrible Things with Pi, assembled for Pi Day. It links to my essays about one truly awful and one not-too-bad way to calculate the digits of Pi.
- Calculus For Breakfast, pointing over to Robert Austin’s blog and a question about convenient ways to measure how big things are.
- Only Fractions, talking about a moment in the wonderful movie Only Yesterday that my love and I recently saw.
- Algebra, Explained, which just pointed over to my humor blog and an episode of the old-time radio series Vic and Sade. In it, neither Vic nor Sade appear. But Uncle Fletcher does his best to try helping Rush with his algebra. It’s not very productive. It is funny.
The United States sent me 1,009 readers in March. I’m pretty sure that’s the first time it alone sent me over a thousand page views. In second place was India, with 77, and I suspect I know who to thank for that attention. Canada was just barely edged out, with 72 page views. And the other top-five countries were Germany (57) and the United Kingdom (44), surprising everyone who hasn’t seen past months’ data.
The countries sending me a single reader in March were Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, European Union (not a nation), Greece, Macedonia, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, and Slovakia. The European Union’s the only repeat from February. For that matter, it’s on a four-month streak even though I’ve yet to find anyone who can tell me what the “European Union” entry signifies. Singapore only sent me five readers, up from three.
It’s a dull set of search terms this month. Discarding the 379 (!) “unknown search terms” we’ve got:
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe. (Of course.)
- who discovered boyle’s law (It’s complicated.)
- dethany (She’s the character who’s taken over Bill Holbrook’s comic strip On The Fastrack.)
- jokes and puns from rome (?)
- labels on apples broom hilda cartoon (Happy to help.)
- comic strip math problem solving dividing polynomials (Um … good luck?)
The month starts with my blog having got 34,755 page views total, from some 13,516 recorded visitors. And it counts me as having 573 followers on WordPress, ten on e-mail, and 202 on Twitter. I’d started March with 566 WordPress followers and I have no idea how many on e-mail or Twitter. But if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, I’d be glad for it. And I’ve finally put my Follow-on-WordPress button in a nice prominent space in the upper right corner of the page. At least I hope it is.
Joseph Nebus 3:00 pm on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016 Permalink | Reply
With no small expenditure of will I kept myself from looking at monthly statistics for my blogs through January. I didn’t look partway through the month or try to project what my readership might be; I tried to just let it be what it was and not worry.
It all … wasn’t so bad. There were, says WordPress, 998 pages viewed here in January. That’s surely not going to make me feel pained that I didn’t log out and click refresh on my pages twice or something. Anyway, that’s up a tiny bit from December (954), and down from the November madhouse that was mostly caused by Apartment 3-G spillover (1,215 views). For what it’s worth, my 2015 average was 31 page views a day; January saw an average of 32. So, no big changes there. There were 523 unique visitors, up from December’s 449 and even November’s 519. I think this unique visitor count might be a record but WordPress doesn’t give me data more than a year old. So I can’t be sure.
The number of likes, which has to be a measure of reader involvement, was down to 202. It had been at 245 in December and 220 in November. It was as high was 518 in June, but that was the month I posted something (nearly) every day, part of the Summer A To Z project.
And speaking of the Summer A To Z project, I’m planning on the very different concept of a Winter A To Z project. Have requests for mathematical or mathematics-linked terms for me? Please pop over there and add one or more in the comments. (If all the requests go to the same comment thread it’ll be easier for me to lose the whole batch at once, instead of post-by-post.)
The most popular posts, for a change, weren’t dominated by the Reading the Comics series. Instead we had:
- Spaghetti Mathematics, reblogging a probability question that combines people’s love of triangles with their love of breaking up spaghetti.
- Another Reasoning Puzzle From ChefMongoose that’ll let you get into his locker at work.
- Reading the Comics, January 15, 2015: Electric Brains and Klein Bottles Edition and then another Reading the Comics post, omitted for clarity.
- Gilded Ratios, me being grumpy about the Golden Ratio by pointing out other interesting numbers that look like their reciprocals.
- Any Requests? my still-open appeal for stuff I could do in the next A To Z Glossary. See above.
The United States, as ever, sent me more page views — 600 — than any other country. Next, with 54, was Hong Kong, which I don’t think has ever sent me so many readers. The United Kingdom gave me 51 page views, and both Germany and Canada had 35 apiece. Austria had 28. India, Singapore, and Poland each sent twelve, but I have to say Singapore wins that on a per-capita basis.
My single-reader countries this time were Bangladesh, Cyprus, Czech Republic, the European Union, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Romania, Slovenia, and Sweden. Bangladesh, Czech Republic, the European Union, Ireland, and Nigeria were all there in December, too. The European Union is on a two-month streak, and Nigeria a four-month streak.
Search terms? We all like those, right? Among the ones bringing people here were:
- frank and ernest jan 5, 2016
- funny spring comic
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe.
- eighth grade math rule where y always goes up by plus 2
- unscramble talafo
- creative form of right angle triangle sketches
I have no idea what that “eighth grade math rule” might mean and I’d appreciate suggestions. Maybe whoever was looking for it will come back once somebody knows.
10:00 pm on Saturday, 9 January, 2016
Tags: statistics ( 58 ), WordPress ( 36 ), writing ( 25 )
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.
3:00 pm on Sunday, 3 January, 2016
Tags: countries ( 21 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 ), writing ( 25 )
I had expected December 2015 would see a decline in my readership. I didn’t have the spillover effect of my humor blog getting so much Apartment 3-G curiosity. The readership did drop, although not quite alarmingly. So let’s review that.
According to WordPress’s statistics page there were 954 views of these parts in December. That’s well down from November’s 3-G boosted 1,215. But it’s up from the 733 in October and 708 in September, and it’s the fifth highest of the past year. The number of unique visitors dropped, from 519 down to 449. That’s also up from October’s 405 and September’s 381. And it’s the fourth-highest of the past twelve months. There were fifteen posts in the month again, although I admit not all of them were really deep pieces. Some were just nagging people to read other things I’d written.
The reader-engagement data was up a tiny bit. The mathematics blog got back up to 245 likes in December, up from November’s 220 and October’s 244. It’s nowhere near the peaks of June (518), but June was the midst of the Summer A To Z glossary and that drew a lot of steady readers in. I should do another one. The number of comments rose to 56, up from November’s 37 and October’s 47. Again, that’s nowhere near June and July’s highs (114 and 100). But again, I didn’t have anything themed nearly so tightly going on.
I think that I could have had slightly better readership, and engagement, if I hadn’t gotten overwhelmed the last third of the month. I just stopped being able to go pay calls on other blogs, and leave comments and likes and whatnot to other writers. So I couldn’t reasonably expect folks to stop in here either. The weekly count of views and visitors certainly drops around then. But then most of the rest of western civilization also had a busy time in late December. But the holidays have mostly wrapped up, and I should be back to normal social-Internet stuff soon. I’d like to think I’ll be, anyway.
The most popular stuff around here — well, most of the popular articles were Reading the Comics series articles. I’ll just lump those together into one category if that’s all right by you. But the most popular stuff would be:
- Reading the Comics for various days and various themes.
- Why Was Someone Upset With Ramsey Theory In 1979? about one of those little things that’s haunted my life, though not affected my dinner party planning.
- What Do I Need To Pass This Class? a formula of general usefulness.
- Making A Joke Of Entropy about some interesting research into funny words.
- Elevator Mathematics with an interesting puzzle my friend ChefMongoose dreamed up.
The countries sending me the most readers were nearly the usual set: the United States with 641 pages views, the United Kingdom with 50, the Canada with 45, the Germany with 27, and the India with 21. That’s my best India showing on record, I believe. Singapore sent me five page views.
Single-reader countries this time were Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Czech Republic, the European Union, Indonesia, Ireland, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Taiwan. I still don’t understand what the European Union is doing listed there. But Belgium and Nigeria are on three-month streaks there. Nobody’s on a four-month streak.
And among the interesting search terms to come up:
- peppermint patty couldn’t solve the following math problems (most of them, really)
- snoring jokes (my love would tell you my snoring is not a joke; it’s enough to rattle this house apart)
- why are wizard of id classics being reprinted (well, they’re pretty solidly funny)
- comic strip math problem solving algebra rae (I don’t know what the ‘rae’ is and assume it’s a cry of delight)
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe. (I think they’re just trying to creep my out now)
- 22 decmber mathematics day topics (I believe that’s India’s national mathematics day. I don’t think I have any particularly interesting content for it, but I should maybe work on that)
I start the month of January with 553 total WordPress followers. And I start with 31,253 total page views and 11,721 total unique visitors as WordPress figures these things.
3:00 pm on Wednesday, 2 December, 2015
Tags: AV Club ( 2 ), comic strips ( 43 ), graph theory ( 10 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 )
So after a couple dismal months my ratings appear to be up. The number of page views and of visitors, in fact, seem to be at all-time highs. At least they’re at highs for the past twelve months. I would like to think that the depressed readings of September and October — 708 page views and 381 visitors; 733 page views and 405 visitors, respectively — are behind me. November saw 1,215 page views and 519 visitors.
Some of this is an accident. My humor blog got a tidal wave of readers courtesy The Onion AV Club. The AV Club wrote up a piece about the sad end of the comic strip Apartment 3-G, and I’ve written a shocking amount about the soap strip. They mentioned me. And as I’ve used my comic strip posts there to mention my Reading the Comics series here, some curious people followed along.
That said, I’m not sure how many of those readers were AV Club curiosity-seekers. A crude estimate suggests somewhere a little over two hundred were. So even discounting that something near a thousand regular-style reders came in and looked around, and that’s nice to see. It’s back up to about where the readership was before the mysterious dropoff, in July, that many suspect results from mobile devices being incorrectly read.
For the roster of countries, well, the top was the United States as always, with some 837 page views. The United Kingdom came in with 62. The Canada appears third at 50 views, and the Philippines next at 20. The Singapore and the Australia tie at 19.
Single-reader countries this past month were Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Egypt, Finland, Israel, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. Belgium, Nigeria, and Thailand are repeats from October. No country’s on a three-month streak.
The Reading the Comics posts are as ever the most popular group and I’ve bundled them under the one category tag. But my Ramsey Theory question turned out to be slightly more popular than any of them in November. After grouping together all the comics posts, the most popular articles look like:
- Why Was Someone Upset With Ramsey Theory In 1979? a question about a dimly remembered Dear Abby-class question.
- Reading the Comics, an ongoing series.
- How October Treated My Mathematics Blog, and yes, I risk an endless loop by mentioning this here.
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw and goodness it’s nice to see the trapezoids turning up again.
- How Antifreeze Works, one of my little pointers to someone else’s interesting writing.
Nothing really dominated my search term queries this month. Some of the things that turned up were:
- illustration of electromagnetic wave theory scientist comics strip
- james clerk maxwell comics (I’m not sure I have any of these; this suggests I ought to be finding some.)
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe. (I’ve had this explained to me, but I forget what it means.)
- places 1975 miles from charlotte nc (I know of none specifically 1,975 miles away.)
- if i got 70 percent in all exams what grade do i need on final to pass course? (This I can help with.)
December starts with my blog here at 30,298 page views, and with 543 WordPress followers. I expect it’ll be overtaken in page views by my humor blog sometime soon.
4:00 pm on Monday, 2 November, 2015
Tags: Apartment 3-G ( 2 ), books ( 7 ), comics ( 75 ), countries ( 21 ), popularity ( 19 ), readership ( 33 ), WordPress ( 36 ), writing ( 25 )
So, that wasn’t as bad as September. Last month I began my review of readership with the sad news I’d lost about a fifth of my readers from August. I haven’t got them all back yet. But the number of page views did rise to 733 in October. It’s just a bit over September’s 708, but that’s an improvement. That’s a good trend. But I do notice there was a little readership rise between July and August, and then the bottom dropped out. And 733 is still fewer than the number of readers my humor blog got from just people trying to figure out what the heck is wrong with the comic strip Apartment 3-G. (Nothing is happening in Apartment 3-G and the rumor is the strip’s been cancelled.)
The number of unique visitors rose, from 381 to 405. That’s only the eighth-highest result of the past twelve months. But it is only a little below the twelve-month average. (If you’d like to know: the 12-month mean number of visitors was 419.55, and standard deviation 39.715, so there you go. The median was 415.)
The number of likes rose again, from September’s absolutely unpopular 188 to a tolerable 244. That’s a little below the twelve-month mean (266.91) and twelve-month median (259), although given the standard deviation is 107.71 that’s hardly anything off the average.
The number of comments rose to 47, which looks good compared to September’s 25, but is nothing compared to the glory days of August and its 95 and the like. That’s farther below the twelve-month mean of 68.9 and median of 64 (standard deviation of 30), but, eh. I’ll take signs of hope. I maybe need to publicize more of my better material, more often.
Countries sending me readers have been the United States with 387 page views, the United Kingdom with 55, the Canada with 48, the Austria with 33, and the Philippines with 25. India only offered fourteen page views; Singapore, nine. The European Union got listed with five.
Single-reader countries for October were Belgium, Czech Republic, Georgia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Uruguay. Repeats from September on that list are Saudia Arabia and Uruguay. None of the countries are on a three-month streak.
Among the most popular posts the past month were, of course, Reading the Comics surveys. To avoid flooding the list of what’s popular I’ll just list the category for Comic Strips instead.
- Reading the Comics, an ongoing series.
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw which hasn’t made the top-five or top-ten in a couple months. Curious.
- The Set Tour, Part 6: One Big One Plus Some Rubble and I’m glad to see this series getting a little bit of love. I’m having more fun with this than I’ve had with anything since the Summer A To Z.
- Phase Equilibria and the usefulness of μ, a reblogged post that’s part of my attempt to get people to pay attention to statistical mechanics.
- The Kind Of Book That Makes Me Want To Refocus On Logic, talking about a book I liked. I should probably talk about books I like more.
The search terms were mostly the usual bunch: origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe and otto soglow little king and how fast is earth spinning. Delighting me, although I haven’t got anything to answer it exactly, was +how to start a pinball league. I’ve picked up a couple things about how they work, but that’s kind of outside the mathematics field proper.
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