An hour of fame …

When I got home from work today, and began my usual web browsing update, I had a surprise in store for me: My WordPress blog had scored the highest daily views of its life: 385 from 85 visitors.

I know many people would be disappointed to have that many views in a day. Me, I’m probably a 10-20 views a day person.

Of course, those stats don’t always count everything. Some of the people who see a blog see it through e-mail, Facebook, or some other intermediary — which doesn’t always keep the tally accurate.

Still my blog is a small force, with 128 followers, most of whom don’t register a visit on any one day. So what lured 85 people — most of whom weren’t my followers — to my site? Over half of the views were within the same hour.

It seems my series of blogs on MidAmeriCon II last week drew the attention of someone on another blog. I’ll post the comment here, but not the link:

Darren Garrison on August 25, 2016 at 11:16 am said:
Has this series of posts been linked here yet? The day-by-day experiences of a Puppy-adjacent first-time Worldcon visitor. (Much more positive than that guy last year who whined about the lack of “gunnies” he could talk to.)

They are welcome to find this on their own if they want, but I don’t intend to draw them here. I’m not in for pushing my numbers that way. If they follow the other way they will see this, but otherwise, I’d rather they come because of their interaction with the content itself.

All those people read my blog, and not one left a comment. Comments: I don’t seem to generate them on the blog. Some people seem to like it, but I don’t get the running commentary of some other blogs.

Ah, well, 15 minutes of blog fame, maybe an hour… more than one is supposed to expect.



3 responses to “An hour of fame …”

  1. [I hope this isn’t a duplicate–my work computer doesn’t play nicely with WordPress and I don’t think it posted.]

    I dropped by your blog at some point while the con was still going on, because I routinely look for mentions of my name for purposes of publicity monitoring. I didn’t leave a comment because–given that we don’t know each other personally other than that intersection at Worldcon–I was worried it would look stalkerish. As someone who routinely bemoans the lack of reader engagement on my own blog, I probably should have known better, but I’ve had it impressed on me that authors should never give potential readers the impression that we’re looking over your shoulder. So I erred on the side of caution.

    I’m delighted that you appear to have had an enjoyable time at Worldcon and hope that I made some small contribution to making you feel welcome. Worldcon thrives on a diversity of voices and opinions and I’ve loved seeing how the Worldcon community has been becoming ever more varied and international as the years pass.

    (I’m highly amused, though, that one of your commenters seems to think that the fact that I write lesbian characters who aren’t porn-for-men means that I’m *not* writing for a “general audience”. My readers come from all different backgrounds–people who like good old-fashioned storytelling without requiring that the characters be mirror images of themselves.)

  2. Heather (I hope it is appropriate for me to greet you that way — I don’t know your preference, or how familiar you’d like us to be), Thank you for comment here.

    I want to say that my wife and I meeting you at the beginning of the Con was one of the high points of our time at MidAmeriCon II. The openness and friendliness was a good start. It made me want to attend one of your panels, to hear what you had to say. Took us until Friday to get to the one on “family in steampunk” that talked about supporting characters.

    As I mentioned then, I appreciated your comments, and the way you moderated the panel. If someone asked me to give an example of the right way to moderate a panel, I think I would be able to refer to that panel as a good example.

    I understand your looking for mentions of your name, and not commenting right off as an author. The caution is a good idea.

    I also appreciate your comment about how to write for the “general audience” (if such a thing exists). What continues to fascinate me is how people seem to like to create sides so often, yet when you drill down a little bit, you see just how much we have in common, and how much we agree upon.

    So thank you again for your positive contribution to our WorldCon experience (as well as that of many others, I am sure).

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