...or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Stats Page
Now I realize that this is going to be another blog entry about some pretty dry information, but once again I feel the need to report. Hopefully it will be of some interest to someone other than myself, but if not then so be it.
Earlier this month I wrote a blog (Amelia Earhart--75 Years Later) about Amelia Earhart commemorating the 75th anniversary of her disappearance while attempting a flight around the world in 1937. That post also talked about an upcoming expedition that was about to embark on a search for the wreckage of Amelia's plane. Unfortunately (but not surprisingly) that search came up empty--as they usually do.
Around the same time I also wrote the very bland blog entry 2012 State of the Blog Address, which chronicled some of what went on behind-the-scenes at Monster Dad during the past year. One of those things was my discovery of (and obsession with) the statistics portion of the blog. Before then I didn't realize you could see and track all kinds of stats associated with Monster Dad--things like page views and traffic sources over the past day, week, month and all-time.
Monster Dad has never been much of an internet sensation, and I can't really say that I expected it to be one when I started it. As mentioned in the State of the blog address I mostly see it as a place for me to write about things that I'm interested in. Those things may or may not be seen by others, but at least they're out there in the blogosphere.
Well, a funny thing happened recently as I started to notice the numbers in the stats gradually increasing. It seems like the longer Monster Dad's "stuff" is out there the more likely it is to show up in a Google search. Recent blogs about The Titanic, Men in Black 3, The Incredible Hulk and Friday the 13th have gotten pretty impressive (by Monster Dad standards at least) hits at times when they were likely to be looked for in search engines like Google.com. Up until now one of Monster Dad's biggest days ever occurred back on July 12th when the January blog Friday the 13th Part 2 caused a spike in page views from the normal average of around 200 to a then stunning total of 712. Of course this was caused by people doing Google searches about Friday the 13th (which fell on the next day) rather than some sudden realization by the general public that Monster Dad is required reading. I was happy to accept those numbers to make my stats look a little more respectable. I know Monster Dad will never become a real big-time blog, but it's nice to think that even a modest number of people around the world are seeing your output.
I was okay with the fact that the numbers reverted to their normal pace after that July 12th spike, just as it had done after some of the other recent flurries of viewing activity. I was also wondering if something else might become a "hit" in the future. Well, it came as a bit of a surprise to log in this morning and see an obscene (once again, by Monster Dad standards) number of page views for the day. Amelia Earhart: 75 Years Later was written on the day of the anniversary of her disappearance so I knew that it wouldn't become active on Google for at least a few days afterward. It generated a few hits here and there, but nothing impressive--not until today anyway.
|Today's Google Doodle|
|This week's stats, including the Amelia Earhart oddity|
Note the small bump in center was the previous daily all-time high of 712 views