A Natural High

1 Jul

In April of 2013, I wrote a post about movies ending with someone riding into the sunset, and, shockingly, that post was Freshly Pressed. My statistics shot out of the roof as people click on that post and commented. After a few days, the “Click on SBI” hysteria died, and the numbers returned to normal. That means that April of 2013 looks like a rodent going through the belly of a snake. There is a big bulge right in the middle.Fat Snake

Since that month, I have been looking for that point where this blog’s numbers will match the numbers of April 2013. However, I have been looking for it to happen naturally rather than through the artificial inflation of being Pressed.

June of 2015 turned out to be that month. For the first time, this blog reached the same numbers as it did two years ago. Hopefully, that happened because the posts are of better quality and more interest.

The posts that drove the June numbers were:

The Power of 601 – a celebration of the 601st post

A Name Change – the announcement of a new name for the blog

Name That Blog – the request for assistance in renaming the blog

Down in Monterey – an ode to the music festival

The Lafayette Expedition – a historic romp with my wife through a small Tennessee town

Thank you to everyone who read those posts and all of the other ones.

13 Responses to “A Natural High”

  1. Andrew Petcher July 1, 2015 at 19:22 #

    The stats thing is something that really intrigues me. Some of my posts get loads of hits and keep running others just die an instant death.

    • Rick July 1, 2015 at 19:48 #

      Mine do the same thing. Some of the ones I think are good just fade away. Some throwaway posts keep chugging along.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong July 2, 2015 at 00:39 #

    I peaked in November 2012 and it took me two years to get back to those numbers again. Feels good, doesn’t it? Congratulations!!

    • Rick July 2, 2015 at 00:54 #

      Thanks. It was worth the wait.

      • Marilyn Armstrong July 2, 2015 at 01:14 #

        I remember watching my numbers creeping up, then down, then a slow, steady climb. Somehow, after I made it, numbers didn’t matter so much — which is just as well because they’ve fallen back about 25%. But I beat the numbers from November 2012 for three months in a row. I proved to myself it wasn’t just a fluke. Anything more will be gravy 🙂

  3. jcalberta July 2, 2015 at 01:39 #

    i’m constantly shocked at what draws people in. Titles are immensely important it seem. ???

    • Marilyn Armstrong July 2, 2015 at 02:15 #

      Anyone who has ever worked in news or advertising knows that headlines are more important than content, at least in terms of getting numbers of viewers. The problem is that TV news is now ALL headlines with no content. I’m hoping to avoid that.

    • Rick July 2, 2015 at 02:48 #

      I think you are right, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.

  4. Cindy Bruchman July 3, 2015 at 20:38 #

    How did you know you were “freshly pressed”? Did they tell you? One day six months ago, I had 875 hits! I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why. It was so random.

    • Rick July 3, 2015 at 20:41 #

      They sent an email stating that the post had been chosen. Then, the statistics exploded.

      • Cindy Bruchman July 3, 2015 at 20:58 #

        Congrats for that, Rick.

      • Rick July 3, 2015 at 21:05 #


      • Marilyn Armstrong July 3, 2015 at 21:08 #

        I started to get the hits, then the next day, got the email.

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