2007 — The Year in Review
Sol at WildAboutMath suggested writing a Year in Review post, so I decided that to do just that, on this last day of 2007…
Most popular posts:
So, why did I choose to list the top six posts? Because it allowed me to include most of my favorites. ;-)
I’ve always been surprised by how popular my Gauss post on summing arithmetic sequences has been. It got more than twice as many hits as the next most popular, according to my WordPress Blog Statistics. I see hits from search like “Gauss Method Arithmetic progression” or “arithmetic series explain” or “arithmetic series for a fifth grader” virtually every day. Few people comment, so it’s hard to know whether the post gave them what they were looking for or not, but I hope it did.
Least Popular Post:
Some POW Links has according to WordPress received only 1 hit! I assume it got at least a few more via RSS feed readers, visits when it was on the front page, etc. It’s nothing earthshaking, but it does link to a few worthwhile resources, so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you might like to.
I’ll also throw in another plug for my young friend’s cool new business idea — that post has received only two recorded visits, though that is partially, I’m sure, because it is so new. This young man is proposing to sell custom computer games that can be used to send a personalized greeting to a friend or loved one, but he’s not sure on where or how to market it, so any suggestions or links would be welcome.
My Favorite Under-Appreciated Posts:
These are both from this past month, so perhaps they just haven’t had time to become as popular as some of my other favorites:
NCLB Leaves Gifted Behind — I think this is such an important issue, I hope people will continue to discuss it here or elsewhere, but don’t let it drop. This post was, for some reason, the #1 post on MathBloggers earlier today (perhaps because Vlorbik linked to it?), so perhaps it will get more eyes yet.
Is This a Permutation Question or a Combination Question? still contains an as-yet-unsolved circular arrangement problem, so if you like combinatorics and crave a challenge, check it out!
I wish everyone a peaceful, healthy and wonderful 2008. Happy New Year, everyone!
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