The End of Year 2 and (My Somewhat Delayed) Start of Nanowrimo

I’ve been so busy with school in the last few weeks that I almost forgot this blog turned 2 years old! It was officially November 4th, but I think I’m not too late to celebrate it today.

Onto a couple statistics. Last November it had 221k views, and it’s at around 320k right now. Thus in the past year, the blog received approximately 99,000 views.

The most popular pages in Year 2 were:

  1. US Census 2010 Win (again) — 10,917 views
  2. The Map of Facebook Connections — 9,274 views
  3. Tumblr vs WordPress: Simplicity vs Power — 8,005 views
  4. Free Will: How We Do and Do Not Have It — 6,134 views
  5. List of Banned Words Constitutes a “Fail” — 5,040 views

This is a much more consistent distribution than last year, when the 1st had over 85k views, and 2nd-5th were all under 5,000. I suppose the law of large numbers is at work.

I suppose 99,000 hits isn’t bad considering I only wrote 94 posts. And these particular numbers are actually quite mathematically intriguing:

  • Year 1: 221k hits in 212 posts = average of 1042 views per post
  • Year 2: 99k hits in 94 posts = average of 1053 views per post

So even though I went for nearly four months without blogging, I somehow managed to achieve an almost identical views per post ratio as last year. This could very well be pure luck, but I find it interesting.

The second topic for this post is that I am doing Nanowrimo again this year, though I did not decide to start until Nov. 3, and I spent the next few days figuring out the plot and characters instead of actually writing. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and the goal is, in the month of November, to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Last year, I kept careful track of my writing stats. By the end of Nov. 10 of last year, I was at 23,412 words. This year, I’m currently at… 5387. I guess that’s what I get for starting to write nearly 6 days late. Nonetheless, I am trying some things differently this year. I am not going to keep careful track of stats, as I feel like it was very inaccurate for smaller periods of time, where I might spend seven minutes thinking and three minutes writing. Instead, I will just look at the final word count on each day, which the NaNo website conveniently tracks.

Not sure how to describe the plot just yet. I think I need to up the word count a little before talking about it.