Monday, April 27, 2015

Posts and more

Remember the year end? 'twas not so long ago. All of the bloggers were announcing their counts for the year. Some of these did have reflective comments; not many, but, then, the web rushes forth like water out of a well (why this metaphor? someone has to pump; too, the rest of the country needs to be cognizant of the water issues being faced by California, Texas, and other places) with no one worrying about spillage or (quality).

Perhaps, at some point, that will come about. We can point to twit-ville's spawing of enormous amounts every micro-second - then, later, that same flow becomes foliage for the big-data herbivores (actually, are they not meat eaters?) to munch in order to give us cow patties (crowd behavior).

Now, recall that twits may or may not have had some discernment behind the text bulge. Yet, in the aggregate, things can be seen, though we can argue about speciousness (and other things - some things occur (are) just because they can (can be)).

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Along that reporting line, we have pulled together, from time to time, posts by read count, say the December Summary (2014, 2013, ...). For all the time, the "Gardners and Gardners" post has had the most reads.

In this post, the intent is start to look at content and the underlying motivators. Earlier, we mentioned Gardner Research (in terms of questions) which is fairly broad (why? using Winthrop's little quote, one can see a large domain -- too, Gardner's Beacon?). We stand at a time when people are looking backward (again, and more so) due to upcoming milestones (all sorts - this year, 800th of the Magna Carta).

As with any line of inquiry, especially if there is a large extent over which to gaze, one has choices about what resources to expend, where to focus effort, and that whole litany which commands the time of countless managers everyday (albeit, CEOs eat broadly without doing any real work - yes, explainable).

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So, in that vein, this graphic was interesting when first seen. It gives the count of posts to the TGS blog by month over the past few years (well, from the beginning).

Posts at TGS blog
A pat on the back might be in line given that the maximum month was almost a year in. That does indicate considered thought about research findings. As one would expect, the beginning time was more the case of handling the influx rather than doing specific searches. Once one has balanced all of the incoming balls, then one can take the time to look further. Too, one finally gets to where new knowledge can be sorted and placed where it belongs.

By the way, those early times can be scrutinized in more depth by looking at the timeline of the Thomas Gardner of Salem page on Wikipedia (50 per page, from the start - 10 Jan 2010). As well, though, the elapse of the first year's time and the effort during that period allowed sufficient understanding to start the backbone series and other things related to opinion.

The other time of greater, than normal activity, was last summer (Jul, Aug, Sep) which saw efforts at studying content management issues, plus discussion of research leading to the TEG papers. That little bit of time indicates that winter months do not correlate, necessarily, to larger output on the web. But, then, last year had the most posts.

Remarks: Modified: 04/27/2015 

04/27/2015 -- What is not seen in this count are the Remarks put into posts. In some cases, they are pointers from an earlier post to a later post. In other cases, they contain additional information. This post has examples of both (Historical genealogy) types of Remarks. In one blog, the Remark content is several multiples of the original post.

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