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A Belated Happy Birthday to the Blog!

FourthBirthdayThis blog was begun on October 24, 2005, so it had its fourth birthday a couple of weeks ago.  As my family knows, I am not great with birthdays, so I managed to forget it.  But, better late than never, Happy Birthday to Michael Trick’s Operations Research Blog!

Here’s what I wrote last year about the statistics on the blog:

I posted 133 times in the year (up from 83, and well past my goal of 2/week).  I’ve had 237 comments in the last year, up a lot from 69, so you too have been much more active!  I get about 3500 visitors per month (up from 2000), and, new this year, Feedburner tells me about 450 people subscribe through google reader and other rss feeds (that don’t typically hit my server).  Spam is running at about 10/day, but my system catches it, so it is no big deal.

Number of posts in the last year was 134 (my goal was 150, so I fell a bit short).  The blog got 420 comments, so you all are doing your job!  Spam is up to about 35 or so per day, with a peak of 560 on one day in early October.  I’m up to 11,500 visitors per month, with a peak day in October of 5300 visitors (due to a nice posting on reddit).  Feedburner gives me about 850 subscribers through rss feeds.

Thanks to all of you who read the blog and commented on it.  It is encouraging to get feedback about what I write.  And thanks especially to all those writing away in the blog-OR-sphere:  it is great to be part of this community.  Here is to another year of exciting news from the world of operations research!

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  1. Rakeback | November 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    You’d be surprised how people make it to your blog and who we are! Keep it up!

  2. Kurt Fanta | November 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! Four years is a lifetime on the web. I would be interested in hearing more info about your Feedburner and rss feeds.