This past month I finished my hiatus, the one where I reran old A-to-Z pieces instead of finishing off what I thought would be a simple, small project for 2021. And, after a mishap, got back to finishing things. As a result I published fewer pieces in February than I had since October. I had an inflated posting record in December and January, from reposting old material. I expected that end to shrink my readership again. And, yes, that’s what happened.
In February, according to WordPress, I attracted 1,875 page views. That’s below the twelve-month running mean of 2,360.8 page views leading up to February 2022. It’s also below the running median of 2,151.5 page views. In fact, it’s the lowest number of page views in a month going back to July 2020, around here.
Ah, but what about unique visitors? There were 1,313 of those, figures WordPress. That’s below the twelve-month running mean of 1,661.9 and the running median of 1,534.5. It happens that’s also the lowest monthly figure going back to July 2020. (Although that by a whisker: July 2021 had a couple more views, and unique visitors, than did February 2022. I don’t know what’s wrong with Julys around here.)
The number of likes dropped to 28, way below the mea of 40.9 and median of 39.5. And that was the lowest count since November of 2021. And there were only two comments, way below the mean of 14.9 and median of 10, I haven’t been below that figure since December of 2019. At least these are non-July dates to deal with.
This would all be too sad to bear except that if you look at these figures per posting? Then they snap right back into line. Like, this was in February an average of 312.5 page views every time I posted something. The twelve months leading up to that saw a mean of 301.6 page views per posting and a median of 302.8 page views per posting. February saw 218.8 unique visitors per posting. The running mean was 212.2 and running median 211.3. Even the likes become not so bad: 4.7 per posting. The mean was 5.1 and the median 4.9. In this figuring, the only dire number was comments, a scant 0.3 per posting, compared to mean of 1.9 and median of 1.4. So in that light, you know, things aren’t so bad.
What are the popular things of February? It’s worth running the whole list down. In decreasing order of popularity we have:
- How January 2022 Treated My Mathematics Blog
- From my Sixth A-to-Z: Zeno’s Paradoxes
- My Little 2021 Mathematics A-to-Z: Tangent Space
- From my Fifth A-to-Z: Zugzwang
- My All 2020 Mathematics A to Z: Zero Divisor
- The Plan, and How It Will Go Wrong
Other stuff, from before February, was even more popular, though. It’s getting to be the time of year people look to learn what the most and least likely dates of Easter are, for example. (Easter 2022 is set for the 17th of April. This is on the less-likely side of the band from the 28th of March through 21st of April when Easter is most likely. However, it is one of the most likely dates for Easter in the lifetime of anyone reading this blog, that is, for the span from 1925 to 2100.)
WordPress credits me with publishing 9,163 words in February, for an average post length of 1,527.2 words. This brings my average post length for the year up to 1,237. This is impressive considering I’ve been trying to write my A-to-Zs short for 2021.
WordPress figures that I started March 2022 having posted 1,697 things here. They’ve altogether drawn 3,313 comments from a total 154,866 page views and 92,956 logged unique visitors.
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