Despite providing a lot of unsolicited spare time, 2020 was not the best of years. Enough said.
Each post got an average of 6000 pageviews, and generated 19,600 comment words, resulting in a total of 530,000 comment words for the year. Since starting in 2013 I have posted 976 items, containing a total of 876,000 words, attracting 1.368 million pageviews. I have received 31,000 comments totaling 3.773 million words. Thank you for reading, and commenting.
My top 10 posts for the year are shown below:
Top of the pile was Warne’s compendium of myths about intelligence, so it is very pleasing to see it reaching a large audience.
The second was about the genetics of racial differences in intelligence, and whether skin colour per se could explain differences in achievement. It seemed that they did not, weakening the case that people do poorly because they are discriminated against on that basis.
The third was about the current Covid epidemic in the UK, as was the fifth.
The fourth was about country IQs, and was written last year, but is still being read.
The sixth was a critique of a polemic about racial differences.
The seventh was a review of Charles Murray’s excellent book on human diversity.
The eighth was about a paper being withdrawn just before publication because of criticisms made to the editors and authors. (The usual practice in more scholarly times was to reply to a paper with which one disagreed with a papers of one’s own).
The ninth was about a successful national response to the coronavirus in Uruguay.
The tenth was a discussion of human limitations in controlling complex systems, with country variations in coronavirus responses as examples.
Talking of human limitations, many visitors to this site last only one session. I hope they find thing more to their taste elsewhere.
Indeed, most visitors turn and run after 10 seconds.
Older people are more likely to read my posts, though the 25-34 group continue to be particularly interested. Four fifths of readers are men.
One country dominates the readership. The UK and the Netherlands tend to stay longer, the Turks, like last year, either lose interest very quickly, or perhaps find the content out of line with political requirements in that country, and face viewing restrictions.
My Twitter followers have risen slightly to 6,189. I use the medium simply to link to my posts, signalling what they contain, so probably don’t tweet enough.
I am always pleased to get comments. Some commentators provide a wealth of detail and further analysis, and I am particularly grateful to them. They are fellow bloggers. A minority get into a fury of name calling. This must be one of the most lightly moderated discussions anywhere, so it seems particularly pointless when others are trying to be as evidence-based as possible. Concentrate on the argument, and not the race, religion and presumed low ability of other commentators. Be kinder. As always, I’d like anonymous commentators to pick more memorable names so that we can understand your character, if not your identity.
Is blogging worthwhile? I sometimes doubt it. It is certainly time consuming, and any opinion once expressed will be challenged, condemned, and sometimes misunderstood. Confident but erroneous claims about intelligence still keep coming, so progress appears to be very slow. A brighter light is that some readers find things here which help them understand more about human differences. That is always a cheering discovery. Every month we get more results showing the power of intelligence in human outcomes. The social class explanation for different life outcomes is no longer supported by any study which includes intelligence measures in the overall analysis. Theories about genetic contributions to racial differences can now be tested directly. If you can keep reading, I will keep writing.