I’ve been mostly offline and busy with other things lately, which is why things have been slow here. However, I just noticed that Nec Pluribus went past 100,000 views a week ago, which means it averaged about 500 views/day since I wrote my first post in January. It’s not that much compared to some popular blogs, but it probably means that some people read it on a regular basis, so I’m not totally clamoring in the desert. Those 100,000 views have been generated by some 38,000 visitors, though I expect that only a handful of them check the blog on a regular basis, while the others are just people who read one of the most widely shared posts I published and never came back afterward.
I have published 115 posts since I started the blog. The most popular so far remains the first part of my series about the chemical attack in Syria, which accounts for more than 10% of the views. After that, the most popular is my post on women in philosophy, which I know has been shared widely in the profession and was recently shared by Jordan Peterson and Christina Hoff Sommers on Twitter. It accounts for almost 9% of the views. The rest of the traffic was divided up more equally between the other posts, although there was still a lot of variation.
Most of the views, about 64% to be precise, came from the US. Germany, the UK and Canada come next, with approximately 6% of the views for each. France, Australia and Sweden are next, with respectively about 3%, 2% and 1% of the traffic. The rest is kind of all over the place, with no country accounting for more than 1% of the traffic. I plan to publish in French more often in the future, so I hope it will attract more people from France, but I will continue to publish at least half of my posts in English since I can reach more people this way. Less than 0.2% of the views came from Russia, which is particularly disappointing for a paid agent of the Kremlin such as myself.
As I said, things have been kind of slow lately and will likely remain so for a while, though I should pick up the pace eventually and I have several posts in the work. One is a follow-up to my post about police violence against blacks in the US, where I will look at less extreme forms of use of force by the police, instead of focusing on violence that led to death. As I explained recently, I also want to write one last post about the Trump/Russia story, but after that I will probably leave it alone since I’m really tired of this nonsense and I know reality will eventually vindicate me, though I suspect it will be years before this happens.
In another post, which I started to work on after the controversy about James Damore’s memo on diversity at Google, I use a statistical model to explain how you can easily end up with large disparities between groups if they differ in abilities and/or interests. I actually discovered something pretty surprising, which I had never thought about before and that I have never seen mentioned anywhere else, so I think it will illustrate how formal analysis can be useful by helping you see things that would otherwise have remained obscure because they’re not obvious or are even counter-intuitive.
I also have a post on minimum wage, where I will explain what a regression analysis is and criticize a very common statistical fallacy. I already wrote half of it several weeks ago, so it shouldn’t take long to finish it. I think it will be useful because regression analysis is ubiquitous in social science, but most people don’t really know how it works, which leads them to commit various fallacies when they interpret the results of that kind of analysis. I also plan to discuss other common fallacies about regression analysis in the future, but this will have to wait a bit more.
I hope to publish at least half of these by the end of August and, if I have enough time, perhaps 3 of them before that. However, I’m not making any promises, since I have been pretty bad at predicting how fast I’ll be able to write stuff for my blog so far. Beside, events will probably lead me to change my plans and write about other things first anyway, so there is no point in trying to be more specific. I have many other projects for the blog after that, such as a post in which I will use data from the NCVS to look at hate crimes in the US in more details than I did previously, but they are at a less advanced stage.