We had a funny surprise for our Wedding Anniversary/St. Patrick’s Day – a huge traffic spike in our daily blog visitor count. In fact, it set a new record for us.
I’d like to say that we’re urbane enough to take these things in stride, but I have to say that it generated a few giddy conversations at “Gallivance World HQ.” In addition, it presented another big blogging mystery … why did it happen?
First the facts. Before our recent trip to the Baltic, Terri wrote a fun and popular post, Monopoly: Gotta Love Baltic Avenue, that tied together our trip with some interesting Monopoly trivia and history on the Baltic Avenue property. Lots of people read the post, and we received many comments, from all over the world, recounting childhood Monopoly memories, anecdotes about strategy, and expressions of joy or pain when playing the game. In fact, the comments are almost as much fun to read as the post.
And then on March 17, for no reason we can determine, the spike hit. Our total views on the blog for this day were 625. Of this number, 188 views were the “Monopoly: Gotta Love Baltic Avenue” post. The search engine term “baltic property card” was searched 176 times! I don’t know what our followers and fellow bloggers experience, but these are very big numbers for us.
We googled, yahooed, and binged this phrase, but didn’t discover a link to our blog. There are very serious bloggers that advise on analyzing and dealing with spikes, and after reading their advice, we still don’t have a clue. So that leaves us where we started, very happy to have so many visitors to our blog, but totally mystified as to why.
Our blog is a fascinating endeavor for us. We enjoy being a part of a larger community, and having a way to share our experiences and ideas, while also receiving advice from fellow travelers. But, we’re also curious types, and hope to learn about the process and how the system works.
To that end, we cast the question to the blogosphere. Has anybody out there experienced a spike like this, and if so, were you able to track down the source? Also, is there some global Monopoly cabal that we don’t know about? Or, is there something obvious that we’re missing. Any ideas?
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