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  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 5 April, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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:

    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:

    Country Views
    United States 661
    Canada 42
    India 37
    Philippines 31
    United Kingdom 30
    Australia 27
    Germany 19
    Singapore 18
    Turkey 13
    Sweden 13
    South Africa 12
    Austria 8
    Brazil 8
    Netherlands 8
    Puerto Rico 8
    Spain 7
    France 6
    Belgium 5
    Italy 5
    Mexico 5
    Oman 5
    South Korea 4
    Portugal 3
    Argentina 2
    Hungary 2
    Indonesia 2
    Iraq 2
    New Zealand 2
    Norway 2
    Uruguay 2
    Algeria 1 (*)
    Bulgaria 1
    Chile 1
    Colombia 1
    Czech Republic 1
    Denmark 1
    Finland 1
    Georgia 1
    Greece 1
    Hong Kong SAR China 1
    Ireland 1 (*)
    Jamaica 1
    Malaysia 1
    Malta 1
    Pakistan 1
    Peru 1
    Romania 1 (*)
    Saudi Arabia 1 (*)
    Serbia 1
    Slovakia 1
    Slovenia 1
    Switzerland 1
    Taiwan 1 (*)
    Thailand 1
    Trinidad and Tobago 1
    Vietnam 1 (*)

    I make that out to be 56 separate countries, not counting the “European Union” since that mystery wasn’t there. That’s down from February’s 64 and about back to January’s 53. There were, I estimate, 26 single-reader countries, up from February’s 22 and January’s 13. Algeria, Ireland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Vietnam were all single-reader countries in February. Nobody’s on a three-month streak.

    The month started with 47,224 recorded visits from a stated 20,854 distinct readers. Insights tells me the most popular hour was 6 pm, as expected. It’s when stuff is normally posted. 12 percent of views came that hour, up from 11 percent in February and 10 percent in March. Tuesday was the most popular day, with 18 percent of views. In February it was Monday, with 16 percent, and in January it was Thursdays again with 16 percent. This is all so close to one-seventh that I figure there’s no real difference in readership per day.

    WordPress thinks I started the month with 650 followers on the site, up from 642 at the start of February. You can be one of those WordPress viewers by using the ‘Follow On WordPress’ button that’s in the upper-right corner as I see the page. Or you can follow by e-mail. There’s other people who do that. You won’t be totally weird if you do. And again, I am on Twitter, as @nebusj, so perhaps you’d like the experience of me in fewer characters. I understand.

     
  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    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 pretty easy month of writing. Most of my posts were Reading the Comics essays, for which I don’t have to think about what to write. I just have to write it. That’s way easier.

    If it was one of the most popular months I’ve had i a while, it was also one of the least popular months I’ve had in a while. There were only 77 posts given ‘likes’ in February, compared to 97 in January and 136 in December. Indeed, this was the lowest number of likes in a month in the past two years. Comments were down too, to 18, the lowest count since August 2016. January had had 34 comments and December 29. The Reading the Comics posts don’t give a lot to discuss, I suppose.

    According to the Insights tab, the most popular day for reading was Monday, with 16 percent of page views. In January it had ben Thursdays, also with 16 percent of page views; in December it was Sundays. Sunday makes sense because that’s when Reading the Comics post go up. Monday? I don’t know.

    The most popular hour was 6:00 pm, which got 11 percent of page views. The hour’s stayed consistent for the last several months, although in January it saw only 10 percent of page views. 6:00 pm Universal Time is when I put up most of my posts, so that makes sense.

    There were 64 countries in this month’s roster of country views, up from January’s 53. 22 of them were single-viewer countries, up from 13 too. My “European Union” audience is back and in force.

    Country Views
    United States 544
    United Kingdom 84
    India 52
    Canada 40
    Hong Kong SAR China 27
    Singapore 26
    Philippines 25
    Germany 19
    Puerto Rico 19
    Australia 16
    Brazil 13
    France 13
    US Virgin Islands 12
    Netherlands 10
    Slovenia 9
    Israel 8
    Thailand 8
    Czech Republic 5
    Spain 5
    Sweden 5
    Switzerland 5
    Croatia 4
    Italy 4
    New Zealand 4
    Oman 4
    South Africa 4
    Argentina 3
    Austria 3
    Belgium 3
    Colombia 3
    European Union 3
    Greece 3
    Jamaica 3
    Poland 3
    Bulgaria 2
    Denmark 2
    Estonia 2
    Finland 2
    Indonesia 2
    Mexico 2
    Morocco 2
    Ukraine 2
    Albania 1
    Algeria 1
    Armenia 1
    Bahrain 1
    Bermuda 1
    Cyprus 1
    Hungary 1
    Ireland 1
    Japan 1
    Luxembourg 1
    Macedonia 1
    Nepal 1
    Norway 1
    Romania 1
    Saudi Arabia 1
    South Korea 1 (*)
    Sri Lanka 1
    Taiwan 1
    Uganda 1
    United Arab Emirates 1
    Venezuela 1
    Vietnam 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:

    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.

     
  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Friday, 3 February, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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:

    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.

    Country Views
    United States 598
    United Kingdom 94
    Hong Kong SAR China 33
    India 33
    Philippines 30
    Germany 24
    Singapore 22
    Canada 19
    Austria 16
    Slovenia 13
    Spain 12
    France 11
    Taiwan 10
    Australia 7
    Puerto Rico 7
    Japan 6
    Israel 5
    Russia 5
    Pakistan 4
    South Africa 4
    Bosnia & Herzegovina 3
    Egypt 3
    Greece 3
    New Zealand 3
    Norway 3
    Poland 3
    Portugal 3
    Sweden 3
    Ukraine 3
    Brazil 2
    Croatia 2
    Denmark 2
    Indonesia 2
    Ireland 2
    Nepal 2
    Nigeria 2
    Northern Mariana Islands 2
    Saudi Arabia 2
    Switzerland 2
    Thailand 2
    Bangladesh 1 (*)
    Belgium 1 (*)
    Estonia 1
    Finland 1
    Italy 1
    Kuwait 1 (*)
    Lithuania 1
    Malaysia 1
    Mexico 1
    Netherlands 1
    Paraguay 1
    South Korea 1
    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.

    If you’d like to follow my blog here please click the buttons on the upper-right corner of the page. You can have new posts e-mailed to you, or you can follow in the WordPress reader, which gives me the chance to fix my stupid typoes. And I’m on Twitter as @Nebus, with usually just a couple posts a day. I don’t understand those folks who have 86 things to tweet about every hour day and night either. Thank you, won’t you please?

     
  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Thursday, 12 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    How December 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog 


    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.

    Country Views
    United States 587
    United Kingdom 61
    India 47
    Canada 44
    Germany 25
    Austria 22
    Slovenia 15
    Philippines 13
    Netherlands 10
    Spain 9
    Australia 9
    Italy 7
    Puerto Rico 7
    Finland 6
    Norway 6
    Singapore 6
    France 5
    Ireland 5
    Switzerland 5
    Indonesia 4
    Sweden 4
    Thailand 4
    Bahrain 3
    Barbados 3
    Estonia 3
    Israel 3
    Turkey 3
    Chile 2
    Greece 2
    New Zealand 2
    Nigeria 2
    Peru 2
    Poland 2
    Sri Lanka 2
    United Arab Emirates 2
    Bangladesh 1
    Belgium 1
    Denmark 1 (*)
    Egypt 1
    European Union 1
    Japan 1 (**)
    Kuwait 1
    Lebanon 1
    Luxembourg 1
    Nepal 1
    Pakistan 1
    Romania 1
    Saudi Arabia 1 (**)
    Slovakia 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:

    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.

    If you’d like to follow my mathematics blog, please, click the buttons in the upper-right corner of the page to follow the blog on WordPress or by e-mail. You can also find me on Twitter as @nebusj where I try not to be one of those people who somehow has fifty tweets or retweets every hour of the day. But I haven’t done any livetweeting of a bad cartoon in ages. Might change.

     
    • mathtuition88 8:04 am on Friday, 13 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice number of United States views!

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      • Joseph Nebus 3:18 pm on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I’m always surprised by how the numbers concentrate in a particular region. I’d naively expect to be about equally read anywhere in the English-speaking world, although perhaps my heavy focus on United States-syndicated comic strips does something to attract more United States readers and shoo off non-US-audiences. It’s a curious effect, anyway.

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        • mathtuition88 3:29 pm on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          I have a similar case, most of my viewership (90% in fact) is from Singapore even though 70%-80% of my content should be considered country-neutral.

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          • Joseph Nebus 3:48 pm on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

            Yeah, the country links are weird. I would understand time-zone-based links; something that appears at 3 am local time is not going to be read nearly as much as the same thing at 3 pm. So with most of my mathematics posts here appearing in late-morning/early-afternoon United States time, and early-evening European time, I would expect more chances for readers there. But that there seem to be correlations across national boundaries even for places that haven’t got time zone differences is weird: why not as many Hong Kong readers as Singaporean ones? Or shouldn’t India’s large English-reading audience balance out a couple hours’ difference in time zone? Something I don’t understand is going on here.

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            • mathtuition88 3:54 pm on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

              Have you tried Google Webmasters? There is a way to set your website’s target location (they call it geotargeting). It didn’t work much for me, but it is worth a try.

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              • Joseph Nebus 5:21 am on Saturday, 28 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

                I have not! I haven’t even thought about it, actually, but it’s worth at least investigating. I suppose that insofar as I have a location the United States is fair enough; my comic strip posts are irredeemably America-centric. But I’d like other people to feel welcome around here.

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    • elkement (Elke Stangl) 10:37 am on Sunday, 15 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It would be interesting to see statistics for a large number of WordPress.com blog and about how views have been changed over recent years. More and more blogs are started, but on the other hand the life time of most blogs seems to be alive only for about 1-2 years. Recently somebody ‘from the past’ commented on my blog: He came back to his abandoned blog after a few years and found that I was the only blogger ‘still alive’ from the crowd he once followed.

      I think views are not increased significantly if you blog more. E.g. in the last year I had about 1400 views per month – despite I blog only twice a month. Most of the views are generated by a small set of posts, some of them as old as 2012. In 2014 I blogged more than twice as much and had about 30% more views. But this included some pronounced spikes which I attributed to bot-like behavior as the clicks over time were so regular. WordPress support could not confirm this but could not refute it either.
      It somehow feels as if an ‘established’ blog is given a certain share of internet attention, and it will not change no matter what you do :-)

      Do you see some long-term trend in views per year? Does it correlate with posts per year?

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      • elkement (Elke Stangl) 10:39 am on Sunday, 15 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        (… and I wished there would be an editor… ‘ the life time of most blogs seems to be alive’ … one time would have been enough… I guess you know that I mean ;-))

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        • Joseph Nebus 3:29 pm on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Oh, yes, understood easily. … It is a little surprising there’s not at least the chance to edit the first five minutes after posting something.

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      • Joseph Nebus 3:27 pm on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I admit a part of my posting these numbers is that I’m curious what other people’s readership patterns are like. I’m shameless and happy to admit my actual exact numbers as best as I can know them. But I’d like to know about overall trends. After all, it was only by comparing numbers that we worked out there seems to have been some strange drop like a year and a half ago that we think reflected mobile-device numbers no longer being counted.

        The expiration of older blogs is another of those strange phenomena. I mean some free weekend to go through my blog and cut out sites that haven’t updated in, like, two years. But why I should do that I don’t know; if they aren’t posting it isn’t as though they’re crowding out space. Just some sense that my readership list ought to be faintly in touch with what’s current.

        I’ve got a few perennial posts. The count of how many grooves are on a record’s side (or, really, how many times the groove intersects a radial line on a record). How to figure what you need on the final. The Arthur Christmas series. The latter two I try to promote at appropriate times, though. Past that it’s usually my comic strip posts that get readers, I suppose because people like to look up when curious mathematics stuff appears in Luann and they wonder if that makes any sense.

        Now, my long-term, year-long trends … I’m not sure. I have got five full years (wow) of numbers to work with so I can make something that looks faintly like a linear regression study. Might do that and see if there’s any correlation with post count.

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      • mathtuition88 3:51 pm on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That is true. For my blog 10% of the posts generate 90% of the views. And unfortunately those 10% are probably the least mathematical of the posts (for instance discussion/information of the Singapore education system). Pareto principle holds true.

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        • Joseph Nebus 5:16 am on Saturday, 28 January, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          You know, discussions of what are the popular versus the most-worked-on versus the most common posts people have reminds me of something from Walt Kelly’s masterpiece comic strip Pogo. The irascible Porky Pine warned, I think, Pogo, “If the public decides it’s gonna honor you they ain’t gonna let your feelings get in the way.”

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  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Tuesday, 6 December, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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:

    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:

    Country Page Views
    United States 534
    United Kingdom 78
    India 36
    Canada 33
    Philippines 22
    Germany 21
    Austria 18
    Puerto Rico 17
    Slovenia 14
    Singapore 13
    France 12
    Sweden 8
    Spain 8
    New Zealand 7
    Australia 6
    Israel 6
    Pakistan 5
    Hong Kong SAR China 4
    Portugal 4
    Belgium 3
    Colombia 3
    Netherlands 3
    Norway 3
    Serbia 3
    Thailand 3
    Brazil 2
    Croatia 2
    Finland 2
    Malaysia 2
    Poland 2
    Switzerland 2
    Argentina 1
    Bulgaria 1
    Cameroon 1
    Cyprus 1
    Czech Republic 1 (***)
    Denmark 1
    Japan 1 (*)
    Lithuania 1
    Macedonia 1
    Mexico 1 (*)
    Russia 1
    Saudi Arabia 1 (*)
    South Africa 1 (*)
    United Arab Emirates 1 (*)
    Vietnam 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.

     
  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Saturday, 5 November, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    How October 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog 


    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.

    Readership Numbers:

    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.

    Popular Posts:

    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.

    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.

    Listing Countries:

    Where did my readers come from in October? All over, but mostly, from 46 particular countries. Here’s the oddly popular list of them:

    Country Readers
    United States 466
    United Kingdom 78
    Philippines 55
    India 52
    Canada 32
    Germany 27
    Austria 23
    Puerto Rico 19
    Australia 14
    France 12
    Slovenia 10
    Spain 9
    Brazil 7
    Netherlands 7
    Italy 6
    New Zealand 5
    Singapore 5
    Denmark 4
    Sweden 4
    Bulgaria 3
    Poland 3
    Serbia 3
    Argentina 2
    European Union 2
    Indonesia 2
    Norway 2
    Bahamas 1
    Belgium 1
    Czech Republic 1 (**)
    Estonia 1 (*)
    Finland 1
    Greece 1
    Ireland 1
    Israel 1
    Jamaica 1
    Japan 1
    Mexico 1
    Portugal 1 (*)
    Russia 1
    Saudi Arabia 1
    Slovakia 1
    South Africa 1
    Ukraine 1
    United Arab Emirates 1
    Uruguay 1
    Zambia 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?

    Counting Readers:

    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.

     
    • davekingsbury 10:52 pm on Sunday, 6 November, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps your wide readership shows that mathematics is a universal language?

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      • Joseph Nebus 5:56 am on Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Conceivable! Although I suppose I’ve probably hit on a couple of topics that people are perennially if slightly looking for. And I have the advantage of writing in English, which so much of the Internet still depends upon. (I suppose it can’t hurt I’ve been trying to write sentences easier to understand, which is good for all readers as long as I don’t get simpler than the idea I mean to express.)

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    • davekingsbury 5:03 pm on Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Popularising maths and the sciences is a valuable art – long may you continue!

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  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Tuesday, 4 October, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    How September 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog 


    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.

    Readership Numbers:

    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’.

    Popular Posts:

    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:

    Listing Countries:

    Country Readers
    United States 808
    India 53
    Canada 46
    United Kingdom 34
    New Zealand 24
    Australia 23
    Germany 18
    Philippines 17
    France 9
    Argentina 8
    Spain 7
    Singapore 6
    Brazil 6
    Kenya 5
    Switzerland 5
    Austria 3
    Denmark 3
    Indonesia 3
    Italy 3
    Netherlands 3
    South Africa 3
    Uruguay 3
    Bulgaria 2
    Croatia 2
    Cyprus 2
    Greece 2
    Israel 2
    Japan 2
    Malaysia 2
    Mexico 2
    Norway 2
    Puerto Rico 2
    Sweden 2
    Turkey 2
    Costa Rica 1
    Czech Republic 1 (*)
    Estonia 1
    European Union 1
    Hong Kong SAR China 1
    Hungary 1
    Mauritius 1
    Poland 1
    Portugal 1
    Romania 1
    Taiwan 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.

    Counting Readers:

    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.

     
    • davekingsbury 9:52 pm on Wednesday, 5 October, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if readership is down generally. My own seems to have slumped a bit …

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      • Joseph Nebus 12:13 am on Tuesday, 11 October, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder. I ought to poke around other people’s readership reports and see what their figures are like, and whether there’s any correlations. But that’s also a lot of work, by which I mean any work at all. I’m not sure about going to the trouble of actually doing it.

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  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Friday, 2 September, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    How August 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog 


    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.

    Readership Numbers:

    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.

    Popular Posts:

    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:

    Listing Countries:

    I think the listing of every country worked out last month. So here, let me do it again.

    Country Readers
    United States 674
    Philippines 43
    Canada 36
    India 30
    Germany 29
    United Kingdom 21
    Slovenia 20
    Australia 15
    Austria 15
    France 11
    Singapore 9
    Sweden 7
    United Arab Emirates 6
    Brazil 5
    South Africa 5
    Indonesia 4
    Puerto Rico 4
    European Union 3
    Malaysia 3
    Portugal 3
    Croatia 2
    Japan 2
    Mexico 2
    New Zealand 2
    Russia 2
    Spain 2
    Thailand 2
    Vietnam 2
    Bahrain 1
    Bangladesh 1
    Belgium 1
    Czech Republic 1
    Denmark 1 (*)
    Honduras 1
    Ireland 1
    Italy 1
    Jamaica 1
    Lithuania 1 (*)
    Netherlands 1
    Norway 1
    South Korea 1
    Sri Lanka 1
    Switzerland 1
    Turkey 1 (*)

    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.

    Counting Readers:

    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.

     
    • Ken Dowell 2:56 am on Saturday, 3 September, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      August is a slow month for a lot of us. I posted about half the amount that I usually do.

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      • Joseph Nebus 4:32 pm on Sunday, 4 September, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I was dazed my August altogether. It was a slow month for my writing and reading, but it somehow never really left me spare time. Well, I got some decent time in playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 for the first time in ages, but it wasn’t that much.

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    • LFFL 11:00 pm on Monday, 5 September, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve got a variety across the world there.

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      • Joseph Nebus 9:59 pm on Tuesday, 6 September, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know which I’m more surprised by: that there are so many readers from countries that aren’t the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom or that there aren’t more. It makes sense that I should attract readers from English-speaking nations. But there’s English-speakers in every country and I don’t think that I write with such a strong cultural bias as to not make sense in (say) Kenya. Of course the nature of cultural bias is that it’s so hard to see it from within …

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  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Thursday, 11 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally, What I Learned Doing Theorem Thursdays 


    Here’s the index to the stuff I posted on them.

    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.

     
    • elkement (Elke Stangl) 6:21 am on Monday, 22 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are such a prolific writer – kudos! Sorry that I am hardly able to catch up in some months ;-)

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      • Joseph Nebus 8:48 pm on Sunday, 28 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Aw, well, thank you, trusting that prolific is a good thing. I doubt I have time to read myself myself, as my problem with comments should prove.

        It happens I’ve gotten into a slow stretch the past few weeks. I’m hoping that with the start of a new season I’ll be able to get to a better balance between twice-a-week and daily.

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  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Saturday, 6 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    How July 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog 


    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.

    Readership Numbers:

    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.

    At the top of my WordPress theme is a box saying, 'Hi, Joseph. Whatcha up to?' encouraging me to make quick little informal posts which I never ever do.

    I don’t know, worrying about what I should post? I’m sorry, I can’t use a slangy informal posting mechanism like this. I’m far too pompous. Also you have no idea how disorienting it is to have this image on my page.

    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.

    Popular Posts:

    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:

    Listing Countries:

    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:

    Country Readers
    United States 616
    Canada 57
    India 52
    United Kingdom 36
    Philippines 30
    Australia 27
    Germany 26
    Slovenia 22
    Singapore 20
    Austria 15
    Brazil 15
    Spain 13
    Thailand 11
    Pakistan 10
    Puerto Rico 7
    Indonesia 6
    Ireland 6
    Italy 6
    Croatia 5
    France 5
    Hong Kong SAR China 5
    New Zealand 5
    Sweden 5
    China 4
    Mexico 4
    South Korea 4
    Finland 3
    Greece 3
    Portugal 3
    Russia 3
    Venezuela 3
    Argentina 2
    Czech Republic 2
    European Union 2
    Jordan 2
    Netherlands 2
    Norway 2
    South Africa 2
    United Arab Emirates 2
    Belgium 1
    Chile 1
    Denmark 1
    Dominican Republic 1
    Ecuador 1
    Latvia 1
    Lithuania 1
    Malaysia 1
    Oman 1
    Saudi Arabia 1
    Serbia 1
    Tunisia 1
    Turkey 1
    Ukraine 1 (*)

    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)

    Counting Readers:

    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.

     
    • mathtuition88 7:34 am on Sunday, 7 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats for your increase in views! Math bloggers have a tougher time getting views than say, food bloggers. My most popular posts ironically have the least mathematical content..

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      • Joseph Nebus 7:44 pm on Tuesday, 9 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Yeah, mathematics has a tougher time getting readers. Not enough pictures, at least when you get away from strange topological constructs. This is surely why Baking And Math is doing well, or ought to be.

        There’s really no guessing what’s going to be popular. It usually turns out to be a trifle, and something with a slight but humiliating-to-yourself error in it.

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    • breathmath 12:52 pm on Sunday, 7 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yep! Owning educational sites and getting views/getting unique visitors of minimum 250/day is tough tie! My highest count of unique visitors was 189.
      Hoping for the best :) Let’s grow together :) All the best.. keep posting!

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      • Joseph Nebus 7:52 pm on Tuesday, 9 August, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, I don’t even know what my highest visitor count on a day was. It would have been in November of last year, though, when I got a lot of spillover curiosity from visitors to my humor blog, which was covering the bizarre collapse of the comic strip Apartment 3-G. And, well thank you, and I hope you enjoy good posting and good reading too.

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  • Joseph Nebus 6:00 pm on Saturday, 2 July, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    How June 2016 Treated My Mathematics Blog 


    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.

    Readership Numbers:

    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.

    Popular Posts:

    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:

    Listing Countries:

    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:

    • Albania
    • Angola
    • European Union (******)
    • Honduras
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Paraguay
    • Sweden
    • Ukraine

    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:

    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.

    Counting Readers:

    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.

     
    • ivasallay 5:12 am on Sunday, 3 July, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I had to smile when you wrote that quick posts always seem to turn into longer ones. For me the posts might not become long, but writing them often takes too much time. Writing anything takes me longer than I think it will. Even this comment took much longer than the 30 seconds I thought it would.

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      • Joseph Nebus 7:02 am on Sunday, 3 July, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It’s some perverse law of the universe. I really figured the Liouville’s Theorem thing would be twenty minutes of writing and it came out instead something like 2500 words.

        The other perverse thing is the stuff I dash off without an effort is the most popular stuff of the month. The thing I spend 2500 words on sinks without a trace. Although I understand people who study blog metrics say that longer-form stuff may start less popular but it holds on to that readership over time, while short-form stuff may last a week but not after that.

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    • elkement (Elke Stangl) 6:35 am on Monday, 4 July, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Some day I will record all my clicks on your blog in one month – so I can prove that there were a substantial number of clicks from Austria ;-) As mentioned before, my experiments with Ad Blockers and other ‘browser security hardening’ seem to screw up WordPress’ click detection methods.

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      • Joseph Nebus 4:09 am on Saturday, 9 July, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Aw, thanks. I’m confident you’re reading. It’s just getting WordPress to admit it that’s the hard part.

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  • Joseph Nebus 3:00 pm on Saturday, 4 June, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    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, 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:

    Readership Numbers:

    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.

    Popular Posts:

    The five most popular posts in May? The usual blend: me referring to other stuff, me reading comics, and trapezoids.

    Listing Countries:

    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:

    • Argentina
    • Burkina Faso
    • Chile
    • China (**)
    • Colombia
    • Czech Republic
    • European Union (*****)
    • Hungary (*)
    • Indonesia
    • Malta
    • Nepal
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Portugal
    • Senegal
    • Serbia (*)
    • Slovakia
    • South Korea (*)
    • Thailand
    • Turkey
    • Uganda

    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.

    Counting Readers:

    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.

    Search Terms:

    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
    • https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/
    • wet cement comic

    At least I can feel pretty confident that https://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/ search found the right place.

     
  • Joseph Nebus 3:00 pm on Monday, 2 May, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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:

    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.

     
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    How Much March 2016 Liked My Mathematics Blog 


    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:

    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 9:18 pm on Tuesday, 1 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    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 month around here. The total number of page views dropped below a thousand again, to an official tally of 949. That’s below January’s 998 and December’s 954. It’s a higher readership per day, though. At this rate if February had 31 days there’d have been 1,014 page views. On the other hand, I published 14 things in February, compared to 13 in January. Is the proper correction not the length of the year but how much anyone reads any post?

    Well, the number of unique visitors rose. It reached 538 in February, up from January’s 523 and December’s 449. This is a twelve-month high at least. I can’t find older statistics, but I imagine that’s got to be an all-time high, considering.

    The number of likes held steady. Well, it dropped from 202 in January to 201 in February. I know better than to think that signifies anything. It’s down from December’s 245, but that’s surely staying right about average. The number of comments rose to 66, up from 53 in January and 56 in December. I think most of that would be people offering requests for the Leap Day Mathematics A To Z.

    For a change my top-five articles of the month aren’t dominated by Reading the Comics essays. Well, number 1 and number 5 are, but in comparison that isn’t much at all. The rest of the top five is me pointing to other interesting stuff, which does imply that people like me as a curator more than they like me as an original popularizer. Well, the readership for “Ensembled”, getting at canonical and microcanonical ensembles and statistical mechanics, wasn’t bad. And the early returns for the Leap Day Mathematics A To Z are good too. They had a short time to be read. They were outranked by:

    The roster of countries sending me readers was a bit odd this month. The United States was on top, as ever, with 562 page views going to it. I grant I’m in the United States, and post at times convenient to its schedule, and I write in an American idiom. But there’s a lot more English readers outside the United States than inside, and I rarely write about things of particular interest in the United States or disinterest outside. I’ve always wondered why my readership is so close to home.

    And then India came in second this month, with 64 readers. I’m glad to see it fluttering up that high. I feel better being read that far from home. Canada, which is close to home but which I’ve only been to twice, changing planes, brought me 41 readers. Germany, which I’ve spent nearly two weeks in, sent 40. Hong Kong, which I’ve been to a fair number of times but always in changing airplanes, 33. I think this is the first time my top-five readership hasn’t been dominated by the United States and the British Commonwealth. (The United Kingdom was next in line, at 26 page views, and Australia 19 after that. And then there’s a whole bunch of countries in which English isn’t a primary language.)

    Single-reader nations this time around were Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Cambodia, European Union (not a nation), Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, and Ukraine. Bangladesh, the European Union, the Netherlands, and Sweden were there last month too. The European Union is on a three-month streak but still isn’t a nation. And I still don’t know what WordPress even means by that. Singapore sent me three page views, down from twelve the month before. Poland didn’t send me any readers, which is shockingly unpopular even for me.

    Search terms bringing people here? I’m happy to provide some. Among those that turned up:

    • how many teapizoids can you get in a rectangle (what gets me is there were multiple hits for this misspelling)
    • what is happening to the toby comic by corey pandolph? (and that’s interesting: after years of being in reruns Pandolph has started writing new installments. The strip has picked up “eight years later”, which seems like about how long Toby, Robot Satan has been idle. I’m glad to see this strip resume.)
    • origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe. (and why wouldn’t it be?)
    • math theory penguins (I was with you up to the word `penguins’)
    • are any coins unfair (no! But coin tosses can be)
    • population charlotte nc 1975 (I’d tried interpolating what it might have been back then; I’d meant to do a series of essays about different ways to interpolate data, and might again someday)
    • true almost verywhere (not waffling about true or false: “almost everywhere” is a term of art with a precise meaning)

    The month starts with 33,200 page views in total, from a recorded 12,782 distinct viewers. I’m tempted to give a prize to whoever logs number 33,333. WordPress credits me with 566 WordPress.com followers. If you’re not sure whether you’re a follower, well, there’ a “Follow Blog via Email” button over on the right side of the page. And I realize I’m not sure where they do put a “Follow Blog on WordPress” button for people who’re logged in to WordPress already. Maybe I need to worry about that. I’m also on Twitter, as @Nebusj, and I’d be happy with being followed there too.

     
    • elkement (Elke Stangl) 7:59 am on Wednesday, 2 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks – that reminded me to finally turn off AdBlocker for your site. Now I need to do this on all my computers. I cannot say for the past month, but there were some no-Austria months in the past but I could track I had viewed your posts because I copied the link for sharing it on social media in that month.

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      • Joseph Nebus 7:40 pm on Friday, 4 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. And thank you for being such a faithful reader; I’m so glad for it. I do see you trying to support my little efforts here and appreciate it so.

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        • elkement (Elke Stangl) 9:43 pm on Friday, 4 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Well deserved :-) I wish you a steep incline in views and visitors :-) Do you discern a long-term trend? Like a gradual slow increase over the years?

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          • Joseph Nebus 7:31 am on Wednesday, 9 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Thank you kindly. My long-term trends … well, it’s hard to make out. There was the mysterious sharp drop last year when everybody’s stats dropped by about a fifth. Then there was a huge spike I got as a spinoff of the Apartment 3-G collapse, covered on my humor blog. Since then the page views have wobbled around looking, to me, like a dampened oscillator recovering from a shock.

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    • davekingsbury 11:43 am on Wednesday, 2 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Fascinating, as always … is there an ideal followed/follower relationship, I wonder. I follow twice as many as follow me, which I did to build up followers, though it can be hard work responding.

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      • Joseph Nebus 8:22 pm on Friday, 4 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder about the best followed/follower balances and relationships too. I wonder if there’s been any serious study on it.

        I have a brother who’s rather a social networking wizard and he advises simple steps of adding one new person per week to whatever network you’re most at ease with, and to spend some regular chunk of time daily talking back to people on that network. This seems simple enough but offers no help for folks like me who’re equally awkward on every platform.

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        • davekingsbury 9:52 pm on Friday, 4 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Good advice, I think, though it can be time-consuming – especially if you’re addicted to making witty comments!

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          • Joseph Nebus 7:33 am on Wednesday, 9 March, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            It’s never so time-consuming as I fear, but that’s all right. I let my fear of responding badly overwhelm me anyway.

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    How December 2015 Treated My Mathematics Blog 


    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:

    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.

     
    • elkement (Elke Stangl) 4:01 pm on Wednesday, 6 January, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That’s weird as I definitely clicked more than once on your blog. I shared your great post on entropy and funny words on several social networks, and I am sure I clicked back and forward between the other favorite of mine in this month – the elevator math – and that one. It would be totally unfair if WP just summarized all that activity under 1 click for ‘European Union’ (which I don’t understand either, despite reading ‘explanations’ by WP staff in forums.)

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      • Joseph Nebus 10:41 pm on Thursday, 7 January, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Huh. Now that is quite curious. I could imagine WordPress deciding to lump all your visits into a single viewer, but that shouldn’t apply to pages viewed, which is what the countries-count gives us. And it certainly wouldn’t apply to people you referred over to me. (I did see your tweet and felt grateful for it.)

        I wonder if I shouldn’t put up an image that’s on a server I control so I can cross-check at least the number of page views and possibly the origins of them.

        Or I can stop worrying and judge readership by more reliable measures, such as times I get Freshly Pressed or other things that don’t happen.

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  • Joseph Nebus 3:00 pm on Wednesday, 2 December, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    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 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:

    1. Why Was Someone Upset With Ramsey Theory In 1979? a question about a dimly remembered Dear Abby-class question.
    2. Reading the Comics, an ongoing series.
    3. How October Treated My Mathematics Blog, and yes, I risk an endless loop by mentioning this here.
    4. How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw and goodness it’s nice to see the trapezoids turning up again.
    5. 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.

     
    • educationrealist 4:58 pm on Sunday, 6 December, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have more than one blog, one under my actual identity. The actual identity one does terrible, terrible traffic. I’ve decided it has to do with whether or not google likes you. My Ed blog does well because I do a lot of research on topics that people google. Also, I’m liked by Steve Sailer, who has tremendous traffic, and as a result of all this, I have better numbers which means people are more likely to find me and that built my readership, built my twitter following, and so on. It has been very enlightening, and not in a good way, to realize how little traffic I get without that early assistance and how impossible it is to build a readership without consistent early boosts. I had originally envisioned starting my name blog and moving a lot of topics over, but I want to be read! So I stick with Ed.

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      • Joseph Nebus 10:12 pm on Tuesday, 8 December, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It’s hard to work out the dynamics of blog popularity. Certainly part of it has to be being referenced by, or affiliated with, big popular blogs. That’s functionally equivalent to the kind of advertising that makes someone aware there’s something they might like. It’s also pretty good advertising, since it amounts to word-of-mouth recommendations by a friend.

        But there’s also the need for a blog to have what they at least used to call unique selling propositions. That is, something that people can find there that they won’t find other places. That might be a good readership hook, like on FindTheFactors where there’s these great daily puzzles. Or it might be an interesting community that’s sprung up, such as over at James Nicoll’s Livejournal or on the Comics Curmudgeon.

        I like to think I’ve got a modestly useful hook in these Reading the Comics posts. They’re fun and they let me talk about a lot of different mathematics and try to give them accessible presentations. The A To Z and the Set Tour things are also pretty decent hooks, though the Set Tour is a tougher sell. Building a community, people who’ll talk with each other, is harder and I don’t haven’t got that nearly figured out. But, hey, 2016 is starting up and that’s good for another year’s experimentation.

        But yeah, without some assistance and some luck it’s powerfully hard to get a community going. I suppose it’s like celebrity in any field. There’s quality of the original work, which is at least in principle in your own power to control. There’s also some bit of luck and magic that connects people to an audience. It reminds me of bestselling authors that try opening up new pseudonyms and find they can’t even rise to the level of being mid list writers, at least until the secret is out.

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  • Joseph Nebus 4:00 pm on Monday, 2 November, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    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, 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.

    1. Reading the Comics, an ongoing series.
    2. How Many Trapezoids I Can Draw which hasn’t made the top-five or top-ten in a couple months. Curious.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.

     
    • vagabondurges 2:10 am on Tuesday, 3 November, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting to read such a breakdown of visitors. Do you think summer gets more viewers because people have more time? Or are more likely to be relaxing and reading interesting things?

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      • Joseph Nebus 5:12 am on Tuesday, 3 November, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Well, this summer I had several things working to drive up readership. The biggest one was the A To Z glossary, which gave me three solid, very accessible posts each week. And with my other blog content I was able to post something daily five weeks straight. That’s good for readership anywhere.

        Then in August and September I had crunches on my time that kept me from visiting as many other blogs as I had been doing, and from commenting on them. That almost surely caused other bloggers to forget I was there, and to forget to read me. I haven’t really got a commenting community — people talk to me here, but not to one another — so paying visits is an essential part of getting visits.

        Fortunately the demands on my time have been letting up and I’m better able to go visit blog-friends again. But I think that this summer’s readership highs really depended on the A-to-Z project. The Set Tour is an imitation of that, although only a once-a-week project. I’m considering doing a ‘Theorem Thursday’ thing, taking some specific theorem and explaining it once a week on an easy-to-remember day, if I don’t just take the easy route and do a Winter A-to-Z.

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  • Joseph Nebus 8:19 pm on Tuesday, 2 December, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Advanced November 2014 Statistics 


    So that little bit I added in my last statistics post, tracking how many days went between the first and the last reading of an article according to WordPress’s figures? I was curious, and went through my posts from mid-October through mid-November to see how long the readership lifespan of an average post was. I figured stuff after mid-November may not have quite had long enough for people to gradually be done with it.

    I’d expected the typical post to have what’s called a Poisson distribution, in number of page views per day, with a major peak in the first couple days after it’s published and then, maybe, a long stretch of exceedingly minor popularity. I think that’s what’s happening, although the problem of small numbers means it’s a pretty spotty pattern. Also confounding things is that a post can sometimes get a flurry of publicity long after its main lifespan has passed. So I decided to count both how long each post had between its first and last-viewed days, and also the “first span”, how many days it was until the first day without page views, to use as proxy for separating out late revivals.

    Post Days Read First Span
    How To Numerically Integrate Like A Mathematician 45 8
    Reading the Comics, October 14, 2014: Not Talking About Fourier Transforms Edition 25 7
    How Richard Feynman Got From The Square Root of 2 to e 41 4
    Reading The Comics, October 20, 2014: No Images This Edition 5 5
    Calculus without limits 5: log and exp 25 3
    Reading the Comics, October 25, 2014: No Images Again Edition 28 2
    How To Hear Drums 14 6
    My Math Blog Statistics, October 2014 30 4
    Reading The Comics, November 4, 2014: Will Pictures Ever Reappear Edition 9 6
    Echoing “Fourier Echoes Euler” 12 5
    Some Stuff About Edmond Halley 11 2
    Reading The Comics, November 9, 2014: Finally, A Picture Edition 11 4
    About An Inscribed Circle 13 5
    Reading The Comics, November 14, 2014: Rectangular States Edition 15 1
    Radius of the inscribed circle of a right angled triangle 12 5

    For what it’s worth, the mean lifespan of a post is 19.7 days, with standard deviation of 12.0 days. The mean lifespan of the first flush of popularity is 4.5 days, with a standard deviation of 1.9 days.

    I suspect the thing that brings out these late rushes of popularity are things like the monthly roundup posts, which send people back to articles whose lifespans had expired weeks before; or when there’s a running thread as in the circle-inscribed-in-a-triangle theme that encourages people to go back again and again. And I’m curious how long articles would last without this sort of threading between them.

     
    • elkement 8:50 am on Thursday, 4 December, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I noticed there are two different kinds of posts (of mine): Those that ‘decay’ as you describe – and about 5-10 that slowly get more and more popular over time.
      Or I see the combination: An initial decay in the first months, then after 6 months the posts gets more and more hits. This can be due to a backlink from a popular site (my most popular post is my review of that QFT book as the author linked back from his site) or because I obviously have included the “right” search terms. Due to whatever reason people search for “sniffing router” or the like and my post on network sniffing is gradually becoming my top post – months after the initial decay.
      And then there is seasonal popularity: Every year in October or November my post about mice getting in microwaves through the rear-side vent has a peak. In summer people search for tomatoes and espalier. So I conclude most of my readers are from the Northern hemisphere :-)

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      • Joseph Nebus 6:24 am on Saturday, 6 December, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I really only have the one perennial now, my guide to all the different kinds of trapezoids that I could think of. (I’m happy nobody has pointed out an obvious other one that I failed to list, so far.) Now and then one of the Price Is Right posts makes a comeback, and I suspect that the pair about what grade you need on the final to pass the class should be seasonally successful.

        I have spotted a couple of people searching for my Arthur Christmas posts too. I should make a page that collects all those into a reasonably seamless whole for better fundability.

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    • samkhan13 9:18 pm on Thursday, 11 December, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      hmmm… i read a whole bunch of articles by merely scrolling down your home page. wordpress would note the fact that i reached your home page and this particular one but it wont tell you what else i happened to linger on ;)

      in any case, articles that address a very peculiar technical issue seem to get really high number of hits and articles that talk about sex, religion, politics and drugs are also top sellers. unadulterated mathematics or physics, as i see, does not interest the masses to a very great extent. but the bunch who do seem to care about such topics are rather dedicated ^_^

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      • Joseph Nebus 7:06 am on Friday, 12 December, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        This is true. Properly speaking the most popular post I ever have is my home page, but since that’s always there it seems trivial to include. And there’s no way for me to guess what people are lingering over. I’d imagine it to be the most recent couple of posts, but that’s just a simplifying assumption.

        I suspect that my best chance for really well-read posts is to come up with a bunch of slightly mathematical questions — “What is an ansatz?” “What are conjugate variables?” “What is a symplectic integrator?” — and go through each of those. I don’t suppose it’s a coincidence my most popular post is “How many trapezoids are there?”.

        And, alas, my subject matter doesn’t really get me much excuse to talk about politics or religion or drugs or sex that get so thrilling. (Well, they can, but they end up being the religious controversies of mid-17th century England, which rouse the passions relatively slowly these days.)

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