Got your attention, did I?
You know what got mine? Noticing, a while ago, the apparently inexorable growth of interest in what I thought was a fairly dull* post, Friends Don’t Let Friends Use “cf.”, first published here in June 2016. That post got a bunch of views when I first posted it, which isn’t unexpected. Then it was largely ignored for a year or so, which isn’t unexpected either. Then something odd happened: exponential growth.
That’s what’s shown in the graph above: month-by-month readership statistics for Friends Don’t Let Friends Use “cf.”. It’s a lovely curve, isn’t it? Let’s ignore the first year (which is dominated by novelty; every post gets a spike when first published). Let’s make a semilog plot of the remainder, because that seems right for a curve like that. And let’s fit a line to that semilog plot, because we’re scientists and we like to do that kind of thing. Continue reading