Recently, my readership has totally exploded.
Was I blogging about the Gulf? Nope.
Was I commenting on Obama? Nah.
Did I create a free porn portal? Not on your life.
It was all due to Robert Pattinson and the Twilight phenomenon.
I puzzled over how this was possible. I did Google searches trying to find my post, “Some People Just Aren’t Being Raised Right” but it didn’t even register even a blip on the radar. And yet, day after day, I was getting a thousand or more hits.
I couldn’t figure it out to save my life.
And then I tried searching Google images and found my post right up at the top. It was the picture of Pattinson licking the face of a fan.
So that was it. That’s the thing that brought hit after hit to my humble blog. In fact, it created a new milestone – 10,500 hits in a week. My previous high was 6,800. I followed that with 9,300 and 10,220. I hit another milestone in June when I hit 35,000 hits, which was 15,000 more than my previous high.
Last week, the count started dropping (around 8,000 hits) and now, on Thursday, I’m at about 2,500 hits.
Back to normal.
Hits are like crack to a blogger. You get used to needing more and more of them to get a thrill. I’m no different.
Fortunately, during the entire time that this was happening, I knew that it wasn’t due to the main theme of the blog, but I was only hoping that a few folks stuck around to see what’s going on. I didn’t get nearly as much play in the comments as I was expecting – only a half-hearted attempt to express displeasure. Part of this is due to the fact that I don’t have an email addy associated with this blog. Most people are used to being able to anonymously vent through email and they just don’t have that option. I applaud those that publically decided to take me on.
There’s a reason why I don’t have an email address. It’s one of job security. It would be too easy to associate me personally with the blog and, while I’m generally proud of what I write, I prefer the fact that nobody at work knows that I write this blog. Some of my personal friends know that I write this blog, but they are divorced from my job friends. I prefer to keep it that way and I try to disguise or exclude enough details to make it tough to pinpoint me even though I drop a hint here or there.
First of all, sometimes I express strong opinions and I work in a restaurant where it’s possible to get fired over a single complaint, if it comes from the wrong person.
Second of all, it’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do”. I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not nearly the best waiter on my staff. I probably screw up more than anyone (we have a hyper-competent wait staff with many years of experience) and I really wouldn’t care for, “Soooo, the great expert screwed up. Brilliant”! Yep, it’s a pride thing.
And third, even though I probably have about 3 or 4 “junk mail addresses” from Yahoo, my ISP and Hotmail, I rarely even bother to check them. So, even if I insulated myself from my main email address, I wouldn’t be able to give it the attention that someone who takes the time to write me deserves. I just pretty much forget about the other addresses and only check them once in a while to check out the evolving state of spam and on the off chance that I gave someone the address by accident.
So, if anyone has a question, comment or simply wants to take me down a notch, feel free to comment in any of the posts. I read all comments. I will not censor anyone’s comment unless it’s clear that it’s spam or it embraces true hate speech aimed at 3rd parties. Hate on me all you want. I think I’ve shown that I’m a big boy and I can defend myself.
I welcome any suggestions for posts. Obviously, my post count has dropped a bit since the spring. That’s probably a good thing but part of it is that, over the past year and a third, I’ve covered a lot of topics and I’d like not to run out of them, thank you very much. Plus, I haven’t had a lot of energy to do the number of web searches for news about the restaurant business. I’m hoping to get more into the groove in the near future. and it occurs to me that I haven’t done a cookbook highlight in a while, so hopefully I get back on track with that as well.
WHEW. That was therapeutic.
PS, anyone else find the typeface on this theme a little on the small side? I like the look and feel of it in general, but have never gotten behind the small print. I’ve changed the format twice, but I’m not really big on change for change sake. I’d love to keep this general look, but I’d love for the text to be a little more readable.