Tuesday, August 03, 2010

What happens when an obscure blog gets linked from reddit.com

My post on "How Star Wars destroyed my faith in God" got linked from reddit.com yesterday. (Thanks Chino Blanco, ladr0n, and vishenml for posting it. And thanks redditors for visiting.) Here's the result:

Sitemeter counted 9,525 hits yesterday. (And StatCounter counted 10,204, Google Analytics 9,490, and Blogger 9,815; what's up with that? I don't know, but if anyone asks, StatCounter is right.) That's about what I get in four months usually. (Pathetic, I know.)

So it was quite a shock to check my stats yesterday morning and see a hit count in the thousands. For a second, I thought it was a mistake. In between working, I spent the rest of the day watching the stats go up and reading the comments on reddit.

If I hadn't been so busy, I would have joined reddit and argued with a couple of the commenters there, who didn't really get the post. But I know I would have spent hours doing that (I've done it before!), and I had too much work. So I just read. (A few years ago, I might have done it no matter how much work I had. I guess maybe I'm growing up.)

Oh, one more thing about reddit; they have this thing where you can vote links "up" or "down" if you like them or don't. So I spent the whole day going, "Yay! Some more people liked it!" when my post got more "up" votes and "Oh no! Some more people didn't like it!" when it got more "down" votes. (Not that I'm insecure or anything...)

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  1. I actually found it linked from another blog I follow: http://mormonsaresilly.blogspot.com/2010/08/star-wars-meets-exmormonism.html

    Added you to my blog reader now. :)

  2. Hey thanks for adding me!

    But yeah, I also got two or three hundred hits from Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter, other blogs, etc. It's been fun watching it happen.

  3. I Stumbled here through that article and I rather enjoyed it. Thanks... From that I've become a quick fan of your blog.

  4. Thanks Rex, I'm glad you liked it. I'm getting quite a few Stumblers now (if that's the correct term).


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