WordPress gives me a pretty good answer — no names, but numbers of views and geographic distribution on a daily, weekly, and monthly (and yearly) basis. Here was the number I recorded this morning while waiting for a connecting flight in Toronto.

Notice how the number of visits fluctuates from one day to the next. And here is the list of March views by country:

Even more interesting is to see how many people are reading which posts. This post set the all time record for first-day views at 51. I don’t know whether visitors were attracted to the poetry, to Cayley, to elephants, or to nudity; or maybe they found the combination intriguing. This post, which actually required a lot more work on my part, only attracted two views the first day, and the numbers haven’t gone up.

Full results for April are copied below. I don’t see names and I *don’t* see which individual is reading which post. WordPress may or may not be tracking you, but they aren’t telling me who you are.

Home page / Archives | 1275 |

Souciant laddishness and the gender question in mathematics | 71 |

Who should pay for mathematics? Part 2: ITAA (Is There An Alternative?) | 69 |

A poem about Cayley, more elephants, and (yet again) mathematical nudity | 69 |

Reviews | 53 |

About the author | 39 |

Who should pay for mathematics, Part 3: Nobody? | 37 |

Excerpts | 33 |

Terry Eagleton on the (entrepreneurial) slow death of the university | 32 |

How to Read a Bad Review | 31 |

Is mathematics democratic? Is mathematics elitist? | 30 |

The Canadian who reinvented mathematics | 23 |

Endorsements | 19 |

Who should fund the humanities? | 17 |

Q & A | 16 |

NOT the anti-“Mathematician’s Apology” | 15 |

Marina Warner Dissects the Entrepreneurial Mindset” | 14 |

MISUNDERSTANDINGS CLEARED UP | 14 |

Chaos warriors | 14 |

Autobiographical fiction in popular science writing | 11 |

Hierarchical arborescence wins Paris university election | 10 |

Bureaucratic university reform in France, too | 8 |

Elephants | 8 |

Knowledge of numbers should not be held in contempt | 7 |

Update on SIAM News review | 6 |

Sources | 5 |

DAWN OF THE NERDS: the trailer | 5 |

Music and Algebra (some diagrams) | 5 |

Avatars of homology theory | 5 |

Princeton University Press | 4 |

Bill Thurston and the Issey Miyake fashion show | 4 |

Who should pay for mathematics? Part 1: wartime readiness | 4 |

Two things the title doesn’t mean | 3 |

What’s in a title? | 3 |

A Glimpse into How Mathematicians Party | 3 |

Post-eurocentric mathematics? | 3 |

Andr√© Weil vs. History of Mathematics | 3 |

My (brief) experience as an elected French bureaucrat | 3 |

Who should pay for mathematics? (a cartoon version) | 2 |

Noble lies at dinner parties | 2 |

Mathematics as gift community | 2 |

DAWN OF THE NERDS, Part 2: philosophers contemplate the transition | 2 |

Are mathematicians to blame for the financial crisis? | 2 |

DAWN OF THE NERDS, update | 2 |

A Code of Social Responsibility for Mathematicians? | 2 |

DAWN OF THE NERDS, Part 1: the battle of “je ne sais quoi”,2 What is the book really about?” |
1 |

Is Mathematics without Apologies a serious book? | 1 |

Tom Waits and Amazon Customer Reviews | 1 |

Cesar UlianaJust a comment, the stats from wordpress are a lower bound on your actual views, since anyone reading the blog via RSS feed will not appear in the pageviews unless they actually visit the page.

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mathematicswithoutapologiesPost authorThanks, that’s good to know. I take it there’s no way to count the readers via RSS.

I just checked out your blog and learned the word “espaghetificado,” which I hope to put to good use in the future.

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Cesar UlianaAs far as I know, unfortunately, there is no way of counting RSS reads, nor have I ever thought of a way to estimate the number of such readers.

Regarding the word, it is just a portuguese translation of “spaghettified”, a word that merits its own wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification). Hope an opportunity to use it comes sooner rather than latter for you.

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mathematicswithoutapologiesPost authorTo my ears the word sounds better in Portuguese or Spanish than in English. The extra syllables help make the image more vivid. In part to see how this word might be used, I decided to spend yesterday’s flight from Calgary to Toronto watching “Interstellar” on a tiny screen, but the only thing that’s espaghetificado in that film is character development.

Having got less than 4 hours sleep last night, I’m feeling pretty espaghetificado myself.

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