I suppose it’s traditional to do a few year-in-review posts. It’s also always nice to have a bit of time to take the long view.
During 2013, this blog had over 40k reads; I only started blogging in May (here’s the first post), so I’m pretty happy with that number
It’s also traditional to have a look at the most read posts of the past year on your blog; so here’s my top 7.
2. At just under 6.6k reads, we have a defense of Python against Matlab: Why Python is Better than Matlab for Scientific Software.
3. With 3.1k reads, Python “lists” are not lists. A history
4. Finally, at number four and 0.8k reads, we get to sciency things: How Long Does Plos One Take to Accept A Paper? (see also the follow up, which includes all PLoS journals). However, while the first 2 went viral at one point, then interest died away, this seems to still be read every day.
5. A few interesting statistical facts was one of my first posts and I still like it. Maybe I should have called these controversial which is a stupid word to use in this context (surprising, interesting, cool, unintuitive), but apparently gets you more readers.
7. Finally, at number seven, a tongue-in-cheek reflection on the economics of science: Science is a Third-world Economy (tl;dr because people are cheap and things are expensive).