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.

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Singular popularity — 9 Comments

  1. Completely off topic but, knowing your love of all things EU related, thought you might like this:
    Where Europe is going wrong..

    Pythagoras’ theorem – 24 words.
    Lord’s Prayer – 66 words.
    Archimedes’ Principle – 67 words.
    10 Commandments – 179 words.
    Gettysburg address – 286 words.
    US Declaration of Independence – 1,300 words.
    US Constitution with all 27 Amendments – 7,818 words.

    EU regulations on the sale of cabbage – 26,911 words.

  2. Mossy – That doesn’t surprise me in the least. I swear the EU pay themselves by the word. Incidentally, off-topic is fine as the post is way off-topic as well.

  3. I think that Stumbleupon is like a search engine or something GD.. whereby you tell it your interests and it gives you random site suggestions now and then – every so often?  Something like that.
    You could for instance tell it that your interests are of an adult nature and it’d find you the best porn available.. if you were like a dirty ole fella.. which of course you’re not.. 🙂

  4. Thanks, Anne.  [I think]  So you are suggesting it is a search engine for porn or Guinness?  Sounds fair enough, though I’m not sure what each has to do with the other?

  5. I think that’s it GD.. yep Porn and Guinness.. what more could a man want shur.  🙂

    I think that’s what’s it for anyways.  Whatever you’re into, it’ll find it for ya. 

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