My 24 Hours of Fame
Yesterday evening I sat down in front of my laptop to check email and news. I was surprised to see that there were about 20 emails from this blog: comments, likes, and new subscriptions. On most days I see one or two emails like that. I went to the blog’s dashboard to look at traffic. It showed about 300 page views for the day, which easily topped my previous record of 134. What’s going on? Has someone hacked my site? And it kept going up. Every time I hit refresh the total would go up by 20, 30 page views.
We started this blog for family, friends and acquaintances who wanted to keep in touch with us over our year in the Arctic Circle. On most days I get 20, 30, 40 views. There were 50 subscribers who signed up to receive emails when a new post is up, and I know everyone of them. So this sudden burst of activity was a little startling.
I went through the new comments, which were genuine, and almost all on a single page,The Best Camera is the Camera That’s With You. A few of them say, “Congrats on being freshly pressed.” What’s that? Dry cleaning? Olive Oil? I googled it, and went “a-ha!” The site that hosts my blog, wordpress.com, picks 10 blogs a day to feature on its home page. For some reason, my “Best Camera” blog got picked. It’s not even among my best blogs, but it does have a dramatic photo of a double rainbow. WordPress is one of the two main blogging sites in the world, so it has a wide reach.
Over the next 24 hours, I watched as page views grew to 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000. Over the last 24 hours, I’ve got over 6000 hits, 150 comments, and 90 new subscribers.
Of course, I was happy about it. I’m a sucker for publicity like most people. But now that my 24 hours of fame is over because my blog has been nudged off the “freshly pressed” list, traffic has dropped off a cliff. This chart above is henceforth useless, and a little depressing to look at.
I could pull out all the stops to beat 4,000 hits a day. After all, I have time.
It’s tempting. Blogging can easily become my occupation for the year. I’ll pass. I’ll continue to write honestly, and frequently. Ultimately this blog is a report on my year off, not the substance of my year off. If I get another 24 hours of fame, it’ll just be another stroke of good luck and a pleasant surprise.
With that said, I’ve done a few things to this site to make it more accessible for people who don’t know me. Welcome!