Extra Credit, Tuesday Edition

There won’t be much in the way of posting today, I’m afraid. But in the mean time, here are a few things which caught my eye:

And finally this chart, in honor of Greg Mankiw’s 5 millionth visitor. I’m interested in it mainly in order to see what happened to his traffic before and after October 17, 2007, when he turned off one of the busiest comments sections in the econoblogosphere. Do comments really drive traffic? It’s not obvious from this chart either way. If the natural state of affairs for any blog over time is a slow and steady increase in traffic, then maybe the decision to kill the comments really did do some damage. Of course, Greg isn’t in this for the traffic, but it’s interesting, all the same.


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