Today was an insanely irritating day, and I’ve got a blog post nibbling at the back of my brain that I really don’t want to write on account of there will be a high chance of insanely irritating fallout, and I don’t want to babysit the internet today. I’m listening to the new Sleater-Kinney album and so far I don’t like it. So given all that and my general mood of ARRGH LUTHER SMASH, have a blogwanking post.
You may recall that my post “In which the kids are fine, shut up” went Freshly Pressed a week ago Thursday. I’d been notified by email on… the previous Sunday? Saturday? that it was going to happen, but they hadn’t told me which day. So lots of reloading on the FP page ensued.
Notable fact: 164 page views during the first hour it was on FP, which was the biggest single spike of the time period.
That big spike in the middle there is actually the second day the post was on FP. Conveniently for me, the week prior to going FP was pretty damn consistent, with an average of 392 page views and 233 unique visitors per day. The FP went live at about 4:00 PM on Thursday.
Over the next four days I had 2873 page views and 1662 unique visitors. The peak day was Friday, with 1085 page views and 610 unique visitors. Subtracting out the average of the previous seven days, I find that Freshly Pressed brought me a total of 1305 page views and 964 unique visitors over those four days. Is this perfect? Not at all, since I have generally been posting less over the last couple of weeks because I’ve been busy with the book– so my natural views would likely have dropped, meaning that FP brought me more than those numbers indicate. In fact, I’m comfortable calling 1305 and 964 the minimum in terms of how much traffic I got. Also important: the page is still getting hits; it’s dueling with the Snowpiercer post from day to day on what the highest-traffic post of the day is. It hasn’t been beaten by anything but the Snowpiercer post yet. Maybe once. Not more than that.
(Why four days? I view FP in grid view, which shows nine posts. After four days, my post got pushed off the page in that view. I figure that’s as good as any other demarcation point. Notice also the drop on day five below.)
As you can see, it’s still getting noticeable attention from day to day, so clearly there are people who like to scroll way back on that FP page to see what’s on there.
Other notable facts:
The post had 40 WP likes when the FP hit. It now has 810. It has been Liked on Facebook 42 times, been retweeted 41 times, and reblogged 42 times. There are currently 155 comments.
Since it went Freshly Pressed, I’ve gone from 4550 followers to 5276. It remains to be seen if I see a sustained traffic bump from all those new people once my posting gets back to normal and I stop blathering about the book all.the.damn.time. (I promise! I’ll be interesting again someday!)
I know you all needed that information quite badly. You may resume your normal lives now, if you can.