In the last post, I gave details on methods, so I'll skip that for the next posts and get right to the data. First, blogging volume.
There's no regression line to show the downward trend, but it's pretty visible. BL posted an average of 2.4 times per day and we can see he took more time off in the summer. Good for him to get some rest!
Now let's compare tag frequency for the whole 2nd quarter versus BL's picks.
"Phil in the News" is top for both and BL's picks reflect how frequently the tag was used in the 2nd quarter. "Fascism Alerts" is under represented in BL's picks and "New Infantilism" over-represented. And again, looking at blogging in the 2nd quarter more broadly, BL is concerned with the profession and its manifestations in the wider world.
What's neat to see is that the "Phil in the News" tag isn't used as widely as it was in the 1st quarter (see below). Rather, the tag is used in a more focused way. It has a lot of co-occurrences with particular names -- Chris Bertram, Justin Weinberg, Jonathan Ichikawa, though not William Vallicella -- relative to the total number of instances of those names.
Something interesting to observe is that, in the 2nd quarter, "Fascism Alerts" co-occurred quite frequently relative to "Cultural Interest" and "Phil in the News" but the former doesn't show up in BL's picks. Instead, "Fascism Alerts" always (or nearly enough) occurred with "Academic Freedom", ""Phil in the News", "The Academy", and "New Infantilism." In fact, looking at the row "New Infantilism", "Academic Freedom" always (or nearly enough) occurs with it. So BL's picks for the 2nd quarter over -represents the co-occurrence of "Academic Freedom" and "New Infantilism". So if you were reading the Year in Review for the 2nd quarter, you'd get a skewed view of what was on LR.