99 to go

I noticed this figure when I woke up. OMG OMG maybe we’ll get to 50,000 before I leave for Poland. (Humor me on this countdown; this will be the last post until we hit the magic number.)

16 Comments

  1. Posted August 23, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    How do you know how many follow your blog. I get your updates through Feedly, but do you know that? Just asking because I don’t know.

    • Posted August 23, 2017 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      He is talking about those who have officially signed up to follow – the infographic comes from the sidebar of the blog, and the tally which anyone can see for themselves is now up to 49,914.

      • Posted August 23, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

        I wonder how many there are like me? Maybe I’ll click just to make my presence official. 🙂

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted August 23, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

          This is the desired outcome. WP desire it to feed you adverts ; ProfCC(E) desires it to know how many people read his blo^H^H^H website.

          Non-trivially, as a significant effort in public outreach (50k followers, significant science discussion), it would bolster PCC(E)’s claim to office space and internet access via ChicagoU’s “fat pipe”. It may not be an issue at the moment but as political/ cost pressures mount in the foreseeable future, it”s probably good to get one’s defence in first.

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    I wonder – Did Honey sign up?

    • Posted August 23, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      She can’t use the computer with her webbed feet.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted August 23, 2017 at 11:42 am | Permalink

        A challenge – a veritable challenge!
        A prediction – a veritable prediction : creating duck-accessible internet terminals (an interesting challenge on several fronts) will lead to demands (Alt-Right, Alt-Left, and Alt-Duck?) for corn/ mealworm dispensers on all dabblable waters, cat (raccoon)-proof nest boxes, and all duck-related UniChicago courses to be presented in Hoomin and Duck …

        To say nothing of the protests outside some anas-phile restaurants.

  3. BobTerrace
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    99 bottles of beer on the wall…

    (Someone had to say it!)

  4. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Now might be a good time to check that the “manage” button doesn’t have any foul-mouthed god-squaddies and the like lurking in “moderation”. Cull them now, so you don’t have to do a re-count later.

  5. Posted August 23, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    84 to go.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 23, 2017 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      91 to go. I feel a disturbance in the Force .. as if a half-dozen “beefers” have been wiped from the record.

  6. Teresa Carson
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Your big day is coming soon. Great job, Professor Ceiling Cat!

  7. dabertini
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    You should have at least 100x the followers you have! I would hate to see your inbox if that were the case.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 23, 2017 at 11:50 am | Permalink

      That’s why the 2-level system exists. If someone goes from “moderate (verb – examine) all posts” to “allow”, then their posts will only trigger an email+hold(pending moderation) if they include something in $RUDE_WORD_LIST$. Editing the $LIST$ might be built into WP – I dunno – but since the objectionable comments tend to be fairly predictable, with 50k followers (and maybe 200? regular posters), the email burden shouldn’t bee too horrible.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 23, 2017 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      100x followers would be around 5 million.
      That’s probably a large (>50%?) chunk of the scientifically literate population of the USA.
      In turn, that suggests the question of what the geographic distribution etc of the readership / postership (not the same thing) population is at 50k.
      Safe bet : PCC(E) has a post on this “in draft”.

  8. Brian Salkas
    Posted August 26, 2017 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Alright, so lets carry out that syncronized unsubscribe we have been planning lets do it at 3:35pm tomorrow. /s


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