Traffic on this site is unpredictable. On an average day it’s around 20,000 views (a bit lower on the weekends), but sometimes things spike for reasons that are completely unpredictable. Last Tuesday I posted a gif of a bacterium sitting on a diatom sitting on an amphipod, which was a pretty cool bit of faux-zooming photographed by James Tyrwhitt-Drake on a scanning electron microscope. And I forgot that I had posted the very same animation a while back. It’s a really nice piece, but it’s not Anna Karenina, elevator drama, or even my own writing.
Nevertheless, views began spiking, hit 153,000 by the end of the day (the record is 304,000, on the day of the Mother Teresa post, last July 8) and are already nearly 31,000 today already—and it’s not even 7 a.m.
What happens, of course, is that some other place, usually reddit, picks up a post, sending elebenty gazillion people over here. This time, however, it appears to be Facebook, which accounted for 106,000 views yesterday, and since I don’t have many “friends” on that site, it must have been re-Facebooked. I don’t know; I’m a n00b at social media and don’t track this stuff down. BUT, I checked the ranking of WordPress websites and, to my amazement, this place is almost on top for the period (I don’t know how WordPress calculates these ranking), second only to a Blog of Disrepute, but beating two Simpsons sites:
So, here is my prayer to Ceiling Cat, “O holy Feline Father, please let me be #1, just for one brief shining moment, and if you can do that, I will be a good boy FOREVER. Just let me beat “Watts Up With That?” one time, and I will spread Your Good News for the rest of my life.”
I think it’s too late, though. There is no chance of beating that perennially popular climate-change-denialist site. And, as I once saw in a poster stuck on the lab wall of a particularly ambitious professor, depicting a golf ball stopped at the lip of the hole, “It is a sad fact that, regardless of effort or talent, second place only means that you are first in a long line of losers.”
Who knows what will capture the attention of folks on the Internet? Who would have predicted, for instance, that a tubby Japanese cat would become a world celebrity. Oh hell, I might as well show Maru with his new tabby companion, Hana: