2014: Half a million satisfied page views

Yes, I have half a million page views. Not bad for someone who only has 650 Twitter followers.

My page views increased from last year, but not by a whole lot. I had 42% more views in the first half of the year, but was down 22% for the second half. As I mentioned, I had an insanely busy first semester, teaching two brand new classes (one not math) and mentoring two teachers. I only had 3 posts in November, and one lonely post in October. I’d hoped to write 72 posts (6/month); in fact I averaged just fewer than 4 posts a month, at 45. That accounts for most of the drop off.

But I also didn’t have the huge posts that I had last year. At the bottom of this post is a list of my top posts overall (1500 views or more).
Here are the top posts I wrote this year (over 1000 views):

Just a Job 2831
The Dark Enlightenment and Duck Dynasty 2527
Strategizing Horror 2027
Encylopedia of Ed, Part I: Things Voldemortean 1802
Ed Schools and Affirmative Action 1776
The Available Pool 1721
Timothy Lance Lai: Reading Between the Lines 1588
College Confidential and Brain Dumping the SAT 1575
SAT’s Competitive Advantage 1392
Reading in the Gulag of Common Core 1236
Finding the Bad Old Days 1224
A Talk with an Asian Dad 1156
Memory Palace for Thee, but not for Me 1128
Multiple Answer Math Tests 1086
Parents and Schools 1067
Math Instruction Philosophies: Instructivist and Constructivist 1022
Why I Blog 1016
Advanced Placement Test Preferences: Asians and Whites 1008

In all, 41 posts out of the 244 got over one thousand views in 2014 alone (not counting views from prior years).

Compared to last year, I had far fewer big posts. Compared to posts written in prior years, this year’s posts did far less business. Also, the disappearance of both Who Am I and About from my top posts means I had far fewer new readers.

I’m not bothered by this. First, I chose a bunch of esoteric topics. Fox, dammit, not hedgehog. Second, as I said, I had an incredibly busy second half of the year.

Third, when I did have time to write, I spent all the time researching. These pieces consumed well over hundreds of hours of googling and reading:

Only three of them made my top posts. Meanwhile, I knocked out The Dark Enlightenment and Duck Dynasty in 2 hours one very late evening and it hits second place. Again, I’m not complaining. If Steve Sailer or Charles Murray isn’t interested in a post, it’s unlikely to get big numbers on the first viewing.

I also didn’t spend much time on pedagogy this year, and that’s something I vow to change in the upcoming year. I have all sorts of topics that I don’t think of as much because I’m teaching advanced math. The following pedagogy posts got at least 1000 views, got more readers this year than last, despite being over 2 years old, and three of them made my top posts for the year:

Multiple Answer Math Tests, written this year, also got over 1000 views, and a lot of my older curriculum work gets close to 1000 views.

This reinforces a pattern I’ve seen for over two years: Google likes my blog, and teachers like my curriculum. Teachers are not a big part of my regular reader base, but they seem to find my work and if they didn’t like it, google would know somehow. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that teachers might be finding my pedagogy useful.

I am also reminded that the teacher tales, which I consider some of my best work, are not google friendly. Teachers really like my stories, but since they aren’t part of my regular base, they don’t often stumble across my work. I’m not sure how to address this—I mean, how often does someone think “Hmm, I want to google some fun teacher stories!”?

In the meantime, I thought my Teacher Tales from this year were very good. Hey. Maybe I could do a page. Huh.

I will update my Encyclopedia of Ed pages pretty soon–it’s clear they are getting some use, which is nice.

Finally, the second half of this year did see some disillusionment on my part. Not with teaching, or with writing, but with the realization of just how many people in education reform are poseurs, and yet are treated as experts simply because they’ve got an employer claiming they are. I thought I was cynical to begin with, but at this point I’ve become exhausted realizing just how many people are just flat out regurgitating opinions that their employer pays them to have.

On to year 4.

Posts getting over 1500 views this year:

Asian Immigrants and What No One Mentions Aloud 8577 2013
Homework and grades. 3590 2012
The Dark Enlightenment and Me 3058 2013
Binomial Multiplication and Factoring Trinomials with The Rectangle 2524 2012
SAT Prep for the Ultra-Rich, And Everyone Else 2490 2012
Algebra and the Pointlessness of The Whole Damn Thing 2419 2012
Core Meltdown Coming 2317 2013
The Dark Enlightenment and Duck Dynasty 2527 2014
The Gap in the GRE 2213 2012
College Admissions, Race, and Unintended Consequences 2151 2013
Strategizing Horror 2027 2014
Philip Dick, Preschool and Schrödinger’s Cat 1818 2013
Encylopedia of Ed, Part I: Things Voldemortean 1802 2014
Ed Schools and Affirmative Action 1776 2014
The Available Pool 1721 2014
Teaching Algebra, or Banging Your Head With a Whiteboard 1640 2012
Timothy Lance Lai: Reading Between the Lines 1588 2014
Kicking Off Triangles: What Method is This? 1554 2012
College Confidential and Brain Dumping the SAT 1575 2014

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11 responses to “2014: Half a million satisfied page views

  • James Thompson

    Congratulations on a great achievement. Many thoughts come to mind about your success, but I think the main one is that you have probably found your readers, and now there will be steady progress until you break the dam of poseurs. Naturally, my congratulations are tinged with dismay. How do I emulate Ed Realist? It seems that not even posting more is a sure route to readership. Could it be I should concentrate on quality? Well done, well done.

    • educationrealist

      Thanks! Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I don’t really know, to answer your question. I think I did some early work that no one else did on teacher SAT scores and the GRE. I got linked in by Steve Sailer and Razib Khan early on, and the combination led to a good google rating. My posts come up very early–I’m amused to find them when I’m researching. So a lot of my volume comes from people looking for information.

      But in my other blog, where I do some really good writing, I think, I have simply no traffic, even though a lot of people really like the posts. I just have no google presence.

  • Michele

    Excellent. Congratulations. Very much looking forward to your 2015 (pedagogy in particular) posts. Happy New Year and congratulations again on your achievement.

  • Lagertha

    I, of course, have found your blog quite late.- supporting many groups (mostly animals/wildlife) in education/life support. I have only recently cared about people, honestly. But, the problem I see is that so many of your posters are still just mouthing-off their grievances about race. In other words, despite your erudite posts (so few from your posters), the same bone-heads just spew the same old grievances since the 1950’s USA. Having moved to the USA in the late 60’s (My dad was recruited by MIT to teach at MIT) I find that so much of the discussion on your blog is often racist boring stuff that adds nothing to solutions or ideas to a better situation as far as education, secondary education in our urban locations- which I think, is, what you care about. I mean, the US will NEVER send people back to Africa, South America, Mexico, Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe ever again. My grandfathers battled against the Nazis and the Bolsheviks (the USA should thank them, btw!) so, like everyone, who pontificates on your blog, they need to look in the mirror before they blog, or walk the streets in their neighborhood – a lot of people need to ‘get a life.’ I feel like I have to bow out of commenting (probably a gift for everyone, especially my sons) ever again on your and Steve S.s blog, but, I am so disappointed with the racist tone of so many of your posters.- they add nothing; and, I am looking for solutions and wisdom.

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