What was it? What happened on February 9, 2012?

Calendar with February 9 circled

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…

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56 responses to “What was it? What happened on February 9, 2012?

  1. I was so delighted, I visited twice. 🙂

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  2. I love looking at all the funny search engine terms that bring people to my blog! For a while now “pantyhose husband” has been up there ….and I have NO idea why!

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    • Haha, that is funny! The most common one I get, on a pretty much daily basis, is along the lines of ‘Fear of holes’ which relates to a specific blog post I did on that subject – so obviously I’m not confused about why it brings them to my site, but I’m always surprised by how many people are interested in the subject!

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  3. My youngest daughter would tell you it’s because it was her birthday!

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  4. Ah yes, the wordpress stats. A source of eternal mystery and fascination for anyone with a wordpress blog. My favourite search engine term that brought someone to my site was this: ‘As the undertaker lifted the lid on the coffin the Inspector felt an awful sense of dread and fascination’ Now, that is a paraphrased line from one of my short stories, so it makes sense in a way. But I do wonder how on earth someone could remember that one line from a story, and then use it to get to my site.
    And then there’s the pressure of putting up a blog post every week. I try and schedule mine for Fridays. Here it is Monday, and already I’m thinking ‘what on earth am I going to write about this Friday?’
    I’ve tweeted today’s post, so maybe, who knows, with a little help from your friends, this might be the day you beat your personal record…

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    • Well that’s quite flattering that somebody searched for you by a line in one of your stories – they must have liked it! The most puzzling one for me was recently someone searched for my name and the name of one of my closest friends together. The reason that it was a bit strange was that it was her acting name that was searched with mine, and friends of ours wouldn’t tend to think of her acting name (most don’t even know that she uses a different name when acting), but acting related people wouldn’t know that her and I are anything to do with each other. If that makes sense! It’s not like completely freaky, but her and I spent a bit of time puzzling over who could possibly be searching for us together like that.

      And thank you again for the Twitter!

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  5. Another great post, Vanessa, and what a way to hook your readers in! 🙂 Stats really are intriguing, aren’t they? 🙂
    I think this post will generate a lot of interesting views as well! 🙂

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  6. PS – you know I just couldn’t resist the temptation of looking up that Bananafish post! Salinger was great. 🙂

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  7. Yes, the stats are a little teasing at times, aren’t they Vanessa?
    Last April Fool’s Day, WordPress played a trick on everyone (well, I hope it was everyone and not just me!) by over-inflating the visitor numbers for that one day, and then put them back to normal the day after. A mean joke, but one that caught me out!

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  8. Very, very funny about Estonia (and some other places), but Estonia was the most recent faraway place for me. The first time it happened I was all impressed with how fasinating I must be–then it finally dawned on me that these people are probably the professional spammers. That was quite a letdown:)

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    • Oh dear, I hadn’t thought of that. My email that is associated with this account was hacked over the weekend, so now I’m wondering if there’s a connection! Although I apologise to any genuine Estonian readers who may be looking at this and feeling falsely accused!

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  9. I am happy to play my part in boosting your stats.

    In fact, I propose a “Let’s-Boost-Everybody’s-Stats Day”, where we all peruse three blogs we’ve never visited before.

    Welp. My morning is planned!

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  10. I very much like heylookwriterfellow’s suggestion. I made a start yesterday by visiting someone completely new, now I will just have to pick two more!
    You know, since I post a lot about animals, my most popular post ever was one about snakes, specifically the Gaboon viper. You would be surprised how many snake lovers there are in the world (I’m not one of them). The number of hits that post got was ridiculous. I finally deleted the entire post because I got sick of the responses–I never thought that would happen!

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    • I try and fairly regularly visit new blogs. Sometimes, after I’ve published a new post, I search for any other bloggers that might have recently posted about the same subject, just to see what others are saying (I don’t do it until after I’ve published mine though because I don’t want to be influenced!).

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  11. My date is March 5, 2012. I’ll never match that top score again. And it wasn’t even *that* great, just for no reason a lot higher than the average!

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  12. I have Blogger, not WordPress, but the situation is the same. My most popular post of all time is 75 page views on “Formatting Print Books with CreateSpace.” That one gets ogled almost every day. Just goes to show that if you post something useful, they will come! I hope it’s helped out somebody! I’ve also had 72 looks at a catch-all, relatively meaningless post that dealt with those dratted Wingdings and gave updated publishing information. That one puzzles me. The most I ever got in a short amount of time was approximately 18 page views in 24 hours on my recent Waldo Canyon Fire post (346 houses were burned in the city where I live).

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  13. Ah, yes, the mysteries of the statistics. My best day was an awards post day, and those seem to attract viewers. I think they like seeing recommended blogs that might be interesting. But what makes one day stand out beyond the others? Maybe it’s intergalactic travelers playing mind games with us…. 😀

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    • Sometimes it might be to do with the day, or the time of day that it’s posted rather than the content, I guess we only know if it’s the content with those posts that keep getting revisited for ever more!

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  14. I do believe that’s it jm! At least I’m pretty sure the gaboon viper and other venomous snake lovers on my blog post were intergalactic aliens.

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  15. On a different note, sort of, I have a Facebook friend from Ireland, whom I met in a Facebook book club. Every time he posts something, I start to laugh. Because I will never forget when I introduced you to blog friend Tim, you said “Hi Tim. You know people from the US think England is so small that we all live next door to each other”. In good fun, I started to say, Vanessa, I have a friend from Ireland. Is that close to you? Lol.

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  16. My biggest day was when I wrote about the airline spam problem. So much for informative writing on Strong vs. Weak words, interesting videos, and photos of cool libraries. From now on, all I am writing about is spam.

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  17. Good for you however you come by high stats, but you’re right, it IS confusing sometimes.
    I blog because I like the community of people I’ve met online and am always learning something new because of them, which keeps me happy. I know, b-o-r-i-n-g, but that’s me. Ha ha.

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  18. So, what is that magic number you are trying to beat?
    It was that headline. It id definitely a grabber.

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  19. My best day was actually just last week. Before that it was in April, a post where I handed out awards. Awards days are typically big view days, which seems weird to me because we’re not sharing our own content, just pointing out cool blogs we follow.

    I have a feeling the word ‘bananafish’ is the big attraction on that post. (Not that your content wasn’t wonderful, mind you.) They say most hits are all because of the title, and not because people are actually looking for something specific.This is where I think spammers come into play.

    I think it would be a cool experiment to use that word in a title again and see what happens…

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    • Yes, I do often spend quite a bit of time working on the title to try and make it sound enticing! I’ve just done an awards post today, so we’ll see.

      If it goes on much longer without the record being beat, maybe I will try the Bananafish word again to see.

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  20. You might find this interesting. My busiest day was also February 9, 2012! 127 hits on the story I wrote about who invented the light bulb. My most popular post still. It gets the majority of hits every day. In fact it keeps the blog going without writing anything. The story I wrote that day, the “Gorilla Chronicles”, got a mere 12 hits. I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a hit from Estonia though.

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  21. O.Leonard, this cracks me up. Apparently you are nobody unless someone from Estonia has checked in! I’m completely kidding of course.
    I didn’t previously mention numbers, but that post I did about the Gaboon viper got 352 visits and just kept going. I was so sick of it. Nobody was reading anything else I wrote. Not that it’s that great 🙂 But I’m perfectly happy with an average of 60. Much less than that if I don’t post anything. I don’t post for that reason. If you like it, you do. If you don’t, I don’t really care 🙂 But I very much like meeting new blog friends who drop by for one reason or another.

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  22. It is a weird world this blogging lark. I used to try and make sense of it all and then gave up 🙂

    I’ve had a good route around today so maybe 15 July can be another weird one.

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  23. Reblogged this on Pankaj Bhakhar.

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