How May 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog


And now the easiest post I write all month: my review of what my readership looked like the past 31 days. I have to admit once more I’m not satisfied with my writership. I didn’t get some projects going that I wanted; but that’s all right. I’ve got five big ideas in mind for the … Continue reading “How May 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

Reading the Comics, May 23, 2018: Nice Warm Gymnasium Edition


I haven’t got any good ideas for the title for this collection of mathematically-themed comic strips. But I was reading the Complete Peanuts for 1999-2000 and just ran across one where Rerun talked about consoling his basketball by bringing it to a nice warm gymnasium somewhere. So that’s where that pile of words came from. … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, May 23, 2018: Nice Warm Gymnasium Edition”

How March 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog


Well, one thing I know to post this week is my review of what my readership was like in March. Let me go see what WordPress will tell me about that. Huh. Not at all sure what happened there but it looks like I might’ve just had my best month ever. WordPress tells me there … Continue reading “How March 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How February 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog


It was a less riotously popular month here in February than it was in January. I’d like to blame the shortness of February, but that isn’t it. I know. I’ve got statistics. The big one that I worry excessively over: total page views. 1,062 of them in February, down from January’s 1,274 but up from … Continue reading “How February 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How January 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog


First of all, I would like to say this about this tweet: Someone is building a directory of all the Calvin and Hobbes comics that have anything to do with math here: https://t.co/qfHMxTbMkj #mtbos #iteachmath pic.twitter.com/V79cxTHjQa — David Wees (@davidwees) February 5, 2018 And that is: I don’t feel threatened at all so nyah. (And … Continue reading “How January 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

What 2017 Looked Like To My Mathematics Blog


I do like doing a year-end recap of my readership. And WordPress seems not to be doing its annual little fireworks spectacular animated gif. This is a shame since this year, for the first time, I had two mathematics posts the same day and that would’ve been nice to see animated. (I had messed up … Continue reading “What 2017 Looked Like To My Mathematics Blog”

How December 2017 Treated My Mathematics Journal


Before I even look at the statistics I can say: December 2017 treated my mathematics journal better than it treated me. A third of the way in, our pet rabbit died, suddenly and unexpectedly. And this was days short of a year from our previous pet rabbit’s death. So that’s the cryptic plan-scrambling stuff I … Continue reading “How December 2017 Treated My Mathematics Journal”

How November 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog


I was barely done sulking about the drop in readership on my humor blog when I started preparing the mathematics-blog readership report. And readership did drop from October (and September). Not by much, though. There were 1,052 pages viewed here in November 2017, barely less than October’s 1,069. It’s a fair bit under September’s 1,232, … Continue reading “How November 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

Reading the Comics, November 25, 2017: Shapes and Probability Edition


This week was another average-grade week of mathematically-themed comic strips. I wonder if I should track them and see what spurious correlations between events and strips turn up. That seems like too much work and there’s better things I could do with my time, so it’s probably just a few weeks before I start doing … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, November 25, 2017: Shapes and Probability Edition”

Reading the Comics, October 2017: Mathematics Anxiety Edition


Comic Strip Master Command hasn’t had many comics exactly on mathematical points the past week. I’ll make do. There are some that are close enough for me, since I like the comics already. And enough of them circle around people being nervous about doing mathematics that I have a title for this edition. Tony Cochrane’s … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, October 2017: Mathematics Anxiety Edition”

How May 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog


The big news is that in May my mathematics blog crept back above a thousand page views. It had been a whole month since it had reached this threshold of purely imaginary significance. For what was a slow writing month — only twelve posts — marred by my computer dying and a nasty cold the … Continue reading “How May 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

Getting Into Shapes


This is, in part, a post for myself. They all are, but this is moreso. My day job includes some Geographic Information Services stuff, which is how we say “maps” when we want to be taken seriously as Information Technology professionals. When we make maps, what we really do is have a computer draw polygons, … Continue reading “Getting Into Shapes”

How April 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog


Didn’t think I’d forget to post my readership review, did you? I just ran out of good posting slots for it last week, as I didn’t want to put off my return to Why Stuff Can Orbit more. So, my page views dropped back below a thousand for the month. I knew it would happen … Continue reading “How April 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How March 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog


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 … Continue reading “How March 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How February 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog


It was another pretty busy month around these parts. According to WordPress’s statistics page there were 1,063 page views from 680 unique visitors. That’s slightly up from January’s 1,031 page views and 586 unique visitors, and pretty substantially up from December 2016’s 956 page views an 589 unique visitors. And that for what was a … Continue reading “How February 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How January 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog


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 … Continue reading “How January 2017 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How November 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog


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. Well. So, that was a … Continue reading “How November 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How May 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog


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, … Continue reading “How May 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How, Arguably, Very Slightly Less Well April 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog


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 … Continue reading “How, Arguably, Very Slightly Less Well April 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How February 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog


Once again I spent a month not obsessing about the WordPress-gathered statistics day to day. It was somewhat soothing. But I wasn’t doing well in visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs, and I know that hurts my own readership. The economy of social media runs on sharing attention. But it was still a decent … Continue reading “How February 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How November 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog


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 … Continue reading “How November 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

Reading the Comics, November 10, 2015: Symbols And Meanings Edition


Eric the Circle for the 5th of November, by “andei”, is a mathematics-vocabulary pun. Ellipses are measured with a property called eccentricity. It measures, in a sense, how far any conic section is from being a circle. A circle has an eccentricity of zero. An ellipse, other than a circle, has an eccentricity between 0 … Continue reading “Reading the Comics, November 10, 2015: Symbols And Meanings Edition”

How October Treated My Mathematics Blog


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, … Continue reading “How October Treated My Mathematics Blog”

What People Did Like In My Mathematics Blog In September 2015


I got so busy with my self-pitying yesterday I never got around to talking about what was popular in September. Well, I mentioned: the six most popular posts in September were all Reading the Comics articles, which I’m pretty sure is the first time it’s swept the top of the charts. Also I think for … Continue reading “What People Did Like In My Mathematics Blog In September 2015”

A Summer 2015 Mathematics A To Z: hypersphere


Hypersphere. If you asked someone to say what mathematicians do, there are, I think, three answers you’d get. One would be “they write out lots of decimal places”. That’s fair enough; that’s what numerical mathematics is about. One would be “they write out complicated problems in calculus”. That’s also fair enough; say “analysis” instead of … Continue reading “A Summer 2015 Mathematics A To Z: hypersphere”

How May 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog


For May 2015 I tried a new WordPress theme — P2 Classic — and I find I rather like it. Unfortunately it seems to be rubbish on mobile devices and I’m not WordPress Theme-equipped-enough to figure out how to fix that. I’m sorry, mobile readers. I’m honestly curious whether the theme change affected my readership, … Continue reading “How May 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

Reading The Comics, May 22, 2015: Might Be Giving Up Mickey Mouse Edition


We’re drawing upon the end of the school year, on the United States calendar. Comic Strip Master Command may have ordered fewer mathematically-themed comic strips to be run. That’s all right. I have plans. I also may need to stop paying attention to the Disney comic strips, reruns of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I … Continue reading “Reading The Comics, May 22, 2015: Might Be Giving Up Mickey Mouse Edition”

How April 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog


(I apologize if the formatting is messed up. For some reason preview is not working, and I will not be trying the new page for entering posts if I can at all help it. I will fix when I can, if it needs fixing.) As it’s the start of the month I want to try … Continue reading “How April 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

My Mathematics Blog, As March 2015 Would Have It


And now for my monthly review of publication statistics. This is a good month to do it with, since it was a record month: I had 1,022 pages viewed around these parts, the first time (according to WordPress) that I’ve had more than a thousand in a month. In January I’d had 944, and in … Continue reading “My Mathematics Blog, As March 2015 Would Have It”

How February 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog


Of course I’m going to claim February 2015 was a successful month for my mathematics blog here. When have I ever claimed it was a dismal month? Probably I have, though last month wasn’t a case of it. Anyway, according to WordPress’s statistics page, both the old and the new (which they’re getting around to … Continue reading “How February 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog”

How My Mathematics Blog Was Read, For January 2015


And after reaching 20,000 views on the final day of December, 2014, could I reach 21,000 views by the end of January? Probably I could have, but in point of fact I did not. I am not complaining, though: I finished the month with 20,956 page views all told, after a record 944 pages got … Continue reading “How My Mathematics Blog Was Read, For January 2015”

20,000: My Math Blog’s Statistics


I reached my 20,000th view around here sometime on the final day of 2014, which is an appealingly tidy coincidence. I’m glad for it. It also gives me a starting point to review the blog’s statistics, as gathered by WordPress, which is trying to move us to a new and perfectly awful statistics page that … Continue reading “20,000: My Math Blog’s Statistics”

My Math Blog Statistics, November 2014


October 2014 was my fourth-best month in the mathematics blog here, if by “best” we mean “has a number of page views”, and second-best if by “best” we mean “has a number of unique visitors”. And now November 2014 has taken October’s place on both counts, by having bigger numbers for both page views and … Continue reading “My Math Blog Statistics, November 2014”

My Math Blog Statistics, October 2014


So now let me go over the mathematics blog statistics for October. I’ll get to listing countries; people like that. It was a good month in terms of getting people to read: total number of pages viewed was 625, up from 558, and this is the fourth-highest month on record. The number of unique visitors … Continue reading “My Math Blog Statistics, October 2014”

How To Numerically Integrate Like A Mathematician


I have a guest post that I mean to put up shortly which is a spinoff of the talk last month about calculating logarithms. There are several ways to define a logarithm but one of the most popular is to define it as an integral. That has the advantages of allowing the logarithm to be … Continue reading “How To Numerically Integrate Like A Mathematician”