Thursday, November 15, 2007

Starved for Entertainment

People write blogs for different reasons. Some are industry-specific, some are for disseminating news, some are for creative purposes. Most are semi-private, intended mostly for family and friends who may be in distant locations. Until recently, my blog fell into the latter category.

I have a feature on my blog called Google Analytics. Google Analytics lets me see how my blog is doing, and where the visitors are coming from. Every day, I would get 4 – 5 hits from people I knew. A good day for me looked like this.

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During the course of my normal day, I have what I call an “Internet Routine.” This means every day, I check certain Web sites for news, information and entertainment purposes. Some of these Web sites are blogs, but most are not. One site that I like is Rob Cockerham’s site, cockeyed.com. He’s kind of a natural-born prankster, and his favorite time of the year is Halloween.

Every year he constructs an elaborate costume and details the stages of the process for his readers. In the past couple of years, he has invited his readers to contribute photos and descriptions of their costume projects, and he posts them on his site. I thought he might appreciate my last-minute Scary Candy Bucket project, so I sent him an e-mail.

Rob posted a link to my blog, and on November 5, this is what I saw when I logged in to Google Analytics:

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My first reaction was “Holy Crap!” Within the next few days, I got hundreds of visits from all over the planet. In about a week, the spike of visitors leveled out to a fairly constant 25 – 30 visits a day:

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A small percentage of those visits are from people I know; most are mysterious strangers from far-away places, such as Guam. I can’t help but wonder if people are starved for entertainment in Guam. But that wouldn’t explain the dozens of visits from New York, Chicago, London, Vancouver, Sydney and Athens.

So I’d like to welcome all of the new visitors to my blog, particularly if you are a returning visitor. Feel free to comment if you enjoy the descriptions of my silly life experiences. It’s nice to know you’re out there.

1 comment:

burton said...

Looks like you now have HUNDREDS of shy visitors now. :-D