For the most part I want to focus on the future and not the past. But I did want to take one look back at traffic to this blog over the course of 2010. I have rough metrics for both web traffic and RSS/subscriber traffic. I hope you will subscribe if you read blogs via RSS BTW. To subscribe to this blog please use http://feeds.feedburner.com/ComputerScienceTeacher as the RSS feed source. Subscribe now so you don’t miss any of the wheat among the chaff.
Controversy ruled and point of view posts with opinions topped the list of most read blog posts of 2010 based on Web-based traffic. Although my reviews of visual programming languages and discussion of Kodu (graphical programming for very young students) were also big hits. Confirming that both lists and free items are traffic draws my recent list of free ebook from Microsoft also made the list. Most of the top posts were from the last couple of months but one of them, a discussion of computer engineer Barbie was from last January.
The list of most read via RSS reader was almost completely different though. Here information and more pedagogical discussions ruled with a weekly interesting links post (Interesting Links 29 March 2010) toping the list. That was a surprise!
I’m not sure what it means that the two lists are so very different. I know that the most web read post are largely because external sites with huge readerships linked to them. So I probably see a lot of one time traffic from people who are not in education. So while that is nice and it is exciting to have a post read by thousands of people from time to time my goal is to be helpful to computer science educators. That is not a goal that can be measured by readership numbers. Comments, either on a post or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@AlfredTwo) are always welcome to help me gauge that sort of success.