I was poking around the Blog Awards Ireland “blog” this morning.
The girls there asked a simple question – “What is the most popular blog post you’ve ever written?”
Well, seeing as it’s Friday the 13th and it’s pissing rain outside I thought it was as good a topic as any. Incidentally, the Friday the 13th bit is completely irrelevant but I thought I’d mention it anyway just to demonstrate that I do know what day of the week it is.
Way way back in the depth of history I wrote a wee scribble. It was pretty nondescript as scribbles go. I didn’t think it was particularly funny or even very clever. It was just a brain-fart.
On the 10th of October, 2007 [fuck! Nearly five years ago!!] I posted out a yoke called “How to survive your first Guinness”
I didn’t think twice about it. I assumed as I always assume that a couple of people would read it and it would disappear into the dusty cobwebby corners of the archives.
I was wrong.
Somehow it got involved with a thing called Stumbleupon. Now I haven’t a fucking clue what Stumbleupon is and I’m not even sure I want to know. These days, I like to reserve my brainpower for more important things. Anyhows, I started to get visitors to that page from Stumbleupon. And I don’t mean occasional visitors; I mean fucking lorry loads. The first time it happened I got a phone call from the people who host this site wanting to know what the fuck was going on.
Things quietened down then but ever since there have been flurries of activity and the page gets hammered once more. It’s the only page where that happens, and all my real gems remain covered in dust up in the attic, while the lesser bauble of “Guinness” gets read again again and again.
I tried to tweak Google Analytics to count the number of times the page has been read. It says 248,712 times but then I don’t really know if that’s correct as Google Analytics remains a bigger mystery to me as Stumbleupon. And I don’t want an essay on how that works either.
Now if only I could get that kind of traffic to every page…
I’d be minted…
as they say.