What could possibly have been the cause? What DID happen on February 9, 2012? Let’s see…
1) Mia Farrow turned 67 – No, I don’t think that can be it.
2) Greek unions called for a general strike – Well that definitely wasn’t it.
3) Daniel Radcliffe was in London to promote ‘The Woman in Black’ – Could that have been it? Very unlikely.
What about closer to home…
1) I went to work, kids went to school, my partner did his worky stuff – All quite normal for a Thursday.
2) There was a possibility of snow in our area, but it didn’t materialise, temperatures were cold though, with highs of only 2 degrees C – Nothing particularly spectacular for the time of year.
3) A local public consultation questionnaire on household waste recycling services closed on that date – I guess that might have given a few people a bit more time once they’d finished consulting there, but no, that just can’t be it.
Nope, I give up. I just can’t find any reason to explain why my blog site received more hits on February 9, 2012, than any other day in the (almost) year that it has been running. It was the day after I published this post: A Perfect Day for Bananafish (Or why everyone should read Salinger) I could flatter myself and imagine that my followers were so delighted with the post that they rushed to tell their friends about it, who in turn flocked to my site to read it, but no, views of that post only accounted for around 20% of the views that day.
Fellow WordPress bloggers will know that the statistics WordPress provide us with are a constant source of entertainment, consternation, delight and confusion. We have access to all kinds of information about what people are looking at on our site, and where they came from to get to our site – yesterday someone arrived at my site because they typed ‘Therapeutic cuddly body’ into a search engine; no idea why that brought them to me. And on one day last week I had 24 visits from Estonia. Always fascinating. But the main thing I look at every time I go to the stats page is the bit that says which date my site received the most views, hoping that one day I will see that I have beaten the record set by February 9, 2012. My overall views for the month are much higher now than they were in February, and I have a lot more followers, so it’s all generally going in the right direction, and that’s what makes it all the more annoying that I can’t beat that daily figure.
Every time I write a new post, I wonder if maybe this will be the one that brings people flooding in and changes that date. Maybe THIS will be the one…