Since it’s the start of a new month it’s time to review statistics for the previous month, which gives me the chance to list a bunch of countries, which is strangely popular with readers. I don’t pretend to understand this, I just accept the inevitable.
In total views I haven’t seen much change the last several months: September 2014 looks to be closing out with about 558 pages viewed, not a substantial change from August’s 561, and triflingly fewer than July’s 589. The number of unique visitors has been growing steadily, though: 286 visitors in September, compared to 255 the month before, and 231 the month before that. One can choose to read this as the views per visitor dropping to 1.95, its lowest figure since March, but I’ll take it as more people finding things that interest them, at least.
As to what those things are — well, mostly it’s comic strip posts, which I suppose makes sense given that they’re quite accessible and often contain jokes people understand. The most popular articles for September 2014 were:
- Reading the Comics, September 15, 2014: Are You Trying To Overload Me Edition, which just everybody read this month. I guess including sample strips from Tiger is just that popular a move.
- Reading The Comics, September 24, 2014: Explained In Class Edition, which includes my mention of the Benchley Principle, one of the great insights of Robert Benchley’s.
- Reading the Comics, September 8, 2014: What Is The Problem Edition, which gave me the chance to talk about symmetry and physics and even mention Jeremy Bentham, one of many poster children for “eccentric philosophers”.
- How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw, which, at the risk of spoiling its popularity, I figure to be: six.
- Something Neat About Triangles, which is from a biography of Donald Coxeter, and really is this neat little theorem with a punch line I bet you won’t see coming, unless you read it already.
- Machines That Give You Logarithms, part of my popular “calculating logarithms” series of posts, and this one showing how to calculate most logarithms with as little calculation as possible.
As usual the country sending me the greatest number of readers was the United States (347), with Canada (29), Austria (27), the United Kingdom (26), and Puerto Rico and Turkey (20 each) coming up close behind. My single-reader countries for September were Bahrain, Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, and Sweden. Finland, Germany, and Sweden were single-reader countries in August, too, but at least none of them were single-reader countries in July as well.
Among the search terms bringing people here the past month have been:
- zenos paradox joke
- logical fallacies hagar the horrible
- i don’t get the joke of andertoons on september 8, 2014 (A man finds his woman in bed with René Magritte’s famous The Treachery of Images or as it is actually known, famous That `This Is Not A Pipe’ Painting; she explains, “it’s not what it looks like,” which is a pretty good gag, to my way of thinking)
- what are two ways to make a trapezoid
- linear equation disney drawing
- what is the most common answer on jeopardy (“What Is Australia”; it’s also the response with the highest expectation value)
I got to my 17,882nd reader this month, a little short of that tolerably nice and round 18,000 readers. If I don’t come down with sudden-onset boringness, though, I’ll reach that in the next week or so, especially if I have a couple more days of twenty or thirty readers.