State of the Blog — Year Two

This week marks the second anniversary of Element of Uncertainty. Since January 2017 I’ve published 107 posts (a couple written by The Fabulous Wife) containing a total of 72,000 words.

Most of my posts attract between one and two dozen readers. Some do better, but I have no idea why. I suppose I could get that information if I were willing to pay Medium, but it’s not important, and there’s much to be said for honoring the privacy of readers.

Here are the blog’s ten most popular posts to date:

  1. Chris Patti, September 2, 2017, about the tragic loss of UC Berkeley’s chief attorney. I do know why this one has so many readers: Chris’s wife found it and shared it with her social circle, which is much wider than mine (not a high bar).
  2. Might As Well Get Started, January 16, 2017. This is my first post and Element of Uncertainty’s foundational document: my perspective on everything in 750 words.
  3. Is Hidden Tribes Highfalutin’ Bunk?, October 22, 2018. The readership volume for this one puzzles me, especially because it’s the second of a two-part series and the first drew less than half as many readers. Maybe a lot of people do keyword searches on “highfalutin’”?
  4. The One-Minute Risk Manager, January 29, 2017. Perhaps it’s popular because I convey more knowledge of risk management in a minute than our president has learned in a lifetime.
  5. Striking Out on My Own, December 10, 2017. Not about baseball, but about a test of entrepreneurial acumen. I’m guessing a lot of people enjoyed the test and shared the link with friends.
  6. Up Van Goghs with a Fire Hose, May 10, 2017. This is the one where I turn on the video and stroll through the modern art exhibits at the Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), murmuring appreciation as I go. Good new-fashioned fun!
  7. Not My Job Anymore, April 7, 2018. I suspect work colleagues did an internet search on me when I retired and found this post, in which I explain my reasons for leaving UC Berkeley.
  8. The Fabulous Wife on the Royal Wedding, May 19, 2018. Harry and Meghan’s nuptials get The Fabulous Wife treatment. Likely the best wedding gift they received. Certainly the funniest.
  9. Travelogue: Copenhagen, May 28, 2017, the first in a series of posts about our three-week visit to Scandinavia.
  10. The Yiannopoulos Affair, February 5, 2017. Anyone remember who that guy is? The fewer who say yes, the better.

Then there are the posts not enough people read. The one I’m most disappointed about is Meditations on an Ant, April 9, 2017. It’s about religion and spirituality, and thus very dear to me, yet it drew only 19 readers.

That said, I’m grateful to have any readers at all. I very much appreciate your time, and thank you for your support!

Former Risk Manager at UC Berkeley, author of four books, ectomorphic introvert.

Former Risk Manager at UC Berkeley, author of four books, ectomorphic introvert.