I Have a Shrinkage Problem
Last week, I posted “Somebody Spiked my Blog.” Because my other blog, which I refer to as my Control Blog, had an unusual spike in site visits that had no reasonable explanation. I was being a bit whiny because I put a lot more time into this blog, and had never gotten nearly that amount of hits in one day.
So, this week, my Control Blog started experiencing another mysterious climb, and I was about to throw up my hands in despair. Fortunately, one of my friends explained that her husband had sent out an email recommending the blog to quite a few people that day. Mystery solved.
I woke up the next morning and, as every normal person does, I raced to my computer to check my blog stats. The day before, Control blog had gotten a grand total of 127 hits. Good for Control Blog. Let’s see how Blog on Which I Devote Every Waking Moment Writing and/or Thinking About is doing. Wow! WTF!
Blog on Which I Devote Every Waking… got 237 hits yesterday?!!! How did that happen?
Wait a second, I noticed, that’s the stats for today. At 6 a.m., Whatimeant2say Blog had over 200 hits! Did I get Freshly Pressed? Nope. What’s going on here?
Apparently, I’d been Stumbled Upon*. BIG TIME. By the end of the day, I had 500 hits on my blog. I know I tend to hyperbolize on this blog, but I swear I’m not making this number up.
I also swear that I am not bragging. Believe it or not, I realized what was going to happen way before the number climbed past the 300 mark.
Post Dramatic Success Syndrome – the unfortunate aftermath that results from a ridiculous elevation of blog site stats only to be followed the next day by an astoundingly high speed crash to more realistic numbers.
My suspicion is that my most recent post, “Wonderbutt Weight Loss Program” triggered a bunch of stumbles for people who had a genuine interest in actually decreasing their personal poundage. Imagine their surprise in being directed to a blog on a bulldog’s very ineffective food and exercise routine. Who does not have a butt to which most people would aspire.
So, now I get to watch my stats shrink like George Costanza’s you know what when it’s exposed to cold water in a pool in the Hamptons as the Stumblers continue to fumble their way past my site, dismissing my trivial post in the hopes of discovering an easy way to achieve a Butt of Wonder.
*StumbleUpon is a site that basically recommends other sites to you based on your interests.