A Specific Kind of Serendipity

Serendipity35  is where I started blogging in 2006 and it still gets the highest number of readers every month and has over 100 million visits since it began. It is a niche blog that I still try to post on at least weekly with my thoughts about learning and technology and the places where they intersect.

Why serendipity? Etymology: from the Persian fairy tale “The Three Princes of Serendip.” Meaning the phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for. But it also is the name of the blog system Tim Kellers and I implemented with PHP to create this blog.

And why Serendipity35? For something supposedly serendipitous, why have a specific number? I like that little irony, but it was also the number of our budgetary division at the New Jersey Institute of Technology which at the time of our creation was where Tim and I worked at the time.

Not surprisingly, the most visited articles on this blog are all older postings. A simple post of links titled “MOOC Basics” has had 2,272,259 visits. A 2013 post “In 4 Years Your Phone Will Be Smarter Than You (and the rise of cognizant computing)” has 969,024 visits and I guess your phone is already “smarter” than you by now.

I still haven’t gotten my jetpack or flying car, but I might get some cousin of The Jetsons‘ Rosie that can slip into my pocket – and into my life – quite easily.