Weekly and seasonal patterns in visits to an MLA Style tips page

The WordPress extension Jetpack provided me with thus chart, showing a million hits to an instructional web page (on formatting a paper in MLA style) stretched out over about 16 months. The weekly traffic peaks on Mondays and bottoms out on Fridays (with a sharp spike late Sunday, stretching past midnight, thus puffing up the Monday hits). On the macro level, we see great troughs at the US Thanksgiving holiday…

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Family Questions Boy’s Suspension Over Gun Gesture

A six-year-old who was warned not to pretend to shoot his classmates with scissors later made a shooting gesture with his fingers, and has now been suspended. A parent reacting to the story told a reporter “I wouldn’t expect someone to do that to my child, and if they did, I would expect some type of punishment.” (CBS Baltimore) Here’s what I suggest. Sit the kid sit in front of…

Ranked First out of 2 Billion Google Hits for Something Really Obscure

I just noticed a mild traffic spike over the past few days, and after a little digging, learned a page on my blog is currently first out of 2 billion hits for something I blogged about in July.  A different, related search returns the same page first out of 2.4 billion hits. Thanks to traffic arriving from Google as a result of these searches, yesterday that page was the fourth-most…