Most Popular Posts
This morning I created an image to illustrate how a cake can be cut into four equal-sized pieces using a figure-eight cut (never mind that two of the pieces get ALL the side-icing). And the post took off like none I’ve ever posted. It’s so hard (for me) to predict what will be popular on Tumblr. But I’m glad it includes a little subset of what I’m interested in writing/posting about.
For me and this blog, “taking off” means that it had a hundred or so notes in a couple of hours. I know compared to some this is lots, and I know compared to some this is nothing. But I judge from my own weight-class. And it had me thinking about some of my other “successful” posts (warning, I’m talking about note-counts which I have a feeling is a little like talking about sex or politics used to be):
- A math/computing post about a Prime Sieve that gives an efficient way to search for prime numbers in a given range. See it here. The note count is listed as 34. I’m sure it used to be higher… or maybe just my perspective has changed.
- A quote from Richard Feynman about science and sex. Actually, when you think about it the success of this post among the blogs I follow was sort of a foregone conclusion. Over 100 notes over a couple weeks..
Science is a lot like sex. Sometimes something useful comes of it, but that’s not the reason we’re doing it.
- Some comic panels on a philosophical topic from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics”. This had it all: great visuals, great thoughts, and I got to write as myself with a little analysis. He was talking about why we humans see human faces in things as simple as two dots and a line. This one garnered 58 notes.
- Oh, and the cake post that I just made. Perhaps besides the quote, the most inane post of the bunch. 131 notes and counting.
A pretty mixed bag that I am happy with, in general. I’d like to see a little philosophy represented, but what can you do? I’d tell you about all the posts that I worked hard on but I’m afraid nobody read (we all have those, right?)… but that’s a much longer list, and anyway it’s too depressing!