So, August 2014: it’s been a month that brought some interesting threads into my writing here. It’s also had slightly longer gaps in my writing than I quite like, because I’d just not had the time to do as much writing as I hoped. But that leaves the question of how this affected my readership: are people still sticking around and do they like what they see?
The number of unique readers around here, according to WordPress, rose slightly, from 231 in July to 255 in August. This doesn’t compare favorably to numbers like the 315 visitors in May, but still, it’s an increase. The total number of page views dropped from 589 in July to 561 in August and don’t think that the last few days of the month I wasn’t tempted to hit refresh a bunch of times. Anyway, views per visitor dropped from 2.55 to 2.20, which seems to be closer to my long-term average. And at some point in the month — I failed to track when — I reached my 17,000th reader, and got up to 17,323 by the end of the month. If I’m really interesting this month I could hit 18,000 by the end of September.
The countries sending me the most readers were, in first place, the ever-unsurprising United States (345). Second place was Spain (36) which did take me by surprise, and Puerto Rico was third (30). The United Kingdom, Austria, and Canada came up next so at least that’s all familiar enough, and India sent me a nice round dozen readers. I got a single reader from each of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Latvia, Mexico, Romania, Serbia, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, and Venezuela. The only country that also sent me a single reader in July was Hong Kong (which also sent a lone reader in June and in May), and going back over last month’s post revealed that Spain and Puerto Rico were single-reader countries in July. I don’t know what I did to become more interesting there in August but I’ll try to keep it going.
The most popular articles in August were:
- Reading the Comics, August 16, 2014: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Edition, showing what kind of fans that comic has, I guess.
- Machines That Think About Logarithms, so I’m predicting good things for the follow-up on machines which do something about logarithms.
- Combining Matrices And Model Universes, the latest entry on the problem of nucleosynthesis in infinitely old universes.
- Reading the Comics, August 25, 2014: Summer Must Be Ending Edition which I guess addresses everyone’s fears that there’s not enough summer holiday this year.
- In the Overlap between Logic, Fun, and Information, popular I guess because John Venn’s birthday was just that big this year.
I fear I lack any good Search Term Poetry this month. Actually the biggest search terms have been pretty rote ones, eg:
- barney and clyde carl friedrich comic
- moment of inertia of cube around the longest diagonal
- where do negative numbers come from
- comic strip math cube of binomials
Actually, Gauss comic strips were searched for a lot. I’m sorry I don’t have more of them for folks, but have you ever tried to draw Gauss? I thought not. At least I had something relevant for the moment of inertia question even if I didn’t answer it completely.