How The Internet Works

So Sonny Boy, what has our granddaughter been up to lately... besides taking naked selfies that your father just found on the internet?

So Sonny Boy, what has our granddaughter been up to lately… besides taking naked selfies that your father just found on the internet?

We are reminded time and time again as bloggers that we need to write about the things that the people of the internet want to see.  If I were to take this at face value, then I should only write about possums, Lego squirrels and naked fat men… the subjects of my most “popular” posts of all time.

Well, now I can add a new topic to the list of things The Nest should focus on other than more lame attempts at humor… really bad game show questions!

More useless information than you can shake a selfie stick at...

More useless information than you can shake a selfie stick at…

That’s a screenshot I took just a few minutes ago.  I’m obviously experiencing a rather strange hit spike today, and those hits seem to be focused on my post titled “The $16,000 Question,” which fans of My Millionaire Journey will remember featured the ill-fated glowing potato question that was asked of contestant Ed Toutant on my show.  While the 15th anniversary of that show’s airing passed last Sunday, I thought it was odd to get the sudden jolt today, so for the hell of it (and since Ed still posts there), I mentioned the oddity on my WWTBAM message board.  That’s when one of the posters over there showed me this….

Damn, Ed's a whole lot sexier than I remember him.... er.... her.

Damn, Ed’s a whole lot sexier than I remember him…. er…. her.

If you’d like context (and all the eye candy random trivia you can stand to go with it), that image was posted today in a very informative column on The Chive, which is a website that is read by a slightly larger audience than The Nest since it contains many more pictures of half naked girls than I usually post.  Given that the hits are all coming from search engine referrals, there’s little doubt that this mashup of random facts and modern pinups sparked enough curiosity to be the reason my blog is such a hoppin’ place today.  That, and the fact that apparently some people really were checking out The Chive for educational purposes rather than getting their chick fix on…

Yes, some people really do read it just for the articles.

Yes, some people really do read it just for the articles.

So, there you have it, folks!  Becoming a big hit with the internet really is all about blind luck and being in the wrong place at the right time.  It also never hurts to add a little sex appeal to any trivia tidbits you might want to throw out to impress people…

Knowledge is power!

Knowledge is power!

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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22 Responses to How The Internet Works

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Looking at your Esteemed Guests of the Nest list over there on the right, I’d suggest that you might want to write about ghosts! There are lots of them in the list and I’m sure they’d be delighted to learn more about their kind. 😉

  2. goldfish says:

    *waves at all the noobs*

  3. Trisha says:

    Interesting. I’ve never thought to search for the reason for any spikes in views. It all seems so random to me. My most viewed post this year is one in which I just posted a couple of shitty camera phone pictures. Go figure! I notice that you had a spike in views on January 11th and I had one on January 12th. I wonder what was going on at that time? A sudden interest in squirrels? Anyway, enjoy the popularity!

    • The 1/11 spike was also directed at that glowing potato post. Whether or not The Chive was also responsible for that, I don’t know. I’d guess that one was more likely some mention of it elsewhere due to the upcoming anniversary. Ed told me I’m the only one on the internet with a screenshot of his infamous question… so when people search for that moment, Google always directs them to me! I just wish game show fans also loved squirrels and Rainbow Donkeys!

  4. Great (sick) minds think alike. The last time I had one of those spikes I did a bit of research too. It was because a “famous horror author web page” mentioned one of my posts about Werewolves. Since I’m not a famous horror author but only a lowly Vampire/Parenting author, and sometimes mention squirrels and possums and cats and ghosts, the “famous horror author” fans did not come back – not even for ghosts and other werewolves. Not even for vampires. Not even for teenagers and everybody knows how scary teenagers can be. I hope your new found fans come back. They’ll be glad they did.

    • None of the spikes I had before ever amounted to any new regulars, and I’d be surprised if this one did either (Though I did shatter my old daily record with 639 views!). They came, they saw, they went back to look at more scantily clad girls…

  5. draliman says:

    There’s nothing like a picture of a half-naked lady to spike your stats 🙂

  6. Quirky Girl says:

    Thanks to you, I learned a new word today: sciurine. And all I can think is that the last part of that word is “urine.” 😛

    • That’s how my brain remembers the word so I always spell it right…. “sci” “urine”! It wouldn’t surprise me if my blog is the most common use of that term as well…

  7. I got 1400 hits (most hits in one day) — a total of more than 10,000 hits through the years — on a post about “Criminal Minds.” It took me five minutes to write during the commercial break in the middle of the show. I have labored over posts. Researched posts. Illustrated posts . Poured my heart out. But never again have I reached theose heights. So …I guess I should write about TV cop shows? And serial killers? Like … all the time? Give the readers what they want, I say. How about serial killer possums doing game shows?

    • It’s all up to search engines what will be popular on our blogs. They seem to be good at directing people to certain things on our blogs, and usually the really strange and bizarre. Our stats are almost completely at the whim of the Almighty Google…

  8. Oh I bet this post will be a rocket too… for the squirrel and the word sciurine of course :o) I wondered what keywords people used to find my blog… the word was “fart”… sigh…

  9. It seems that putting things on the net is constantly wondering why something you do is popular while other things aren’t. I still haven’t figured out why that one song from my joke band got 800+ plays (when the other songs got about 2 each), and my blog post about the Eels is now my most visited post by far – which I don’t get either. On the other hand, I did a post about the Millennium Development Goals and tried to make it more digestible and fun by doing it in a report card format. Maybe it wasn’t as good as I thought but the resounding silence still surprised me (at the moment it has a grand total of 3 views). After a while you just kind of shrug your shoulders and let it be. Good investigative work with your potato popularity though!

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