Things That Go Bump In The Web Stats
Sporadically, Heck Of A Guy is the recipient of a much-appreciated bump in viewers for a specific post. Ongoing readers may recall the recent post that focused on Leonard Cohen’s 73rd Birthday Is 2010 Hit.
Long-time ongoing readers may remember, from three years ago, Maternal Tchotchke Inventory Hits The Charts, which celebrated October 18, 2007 – the day an extra 2,000 folks dropped by 1heckofaguy.com.
They stopped by to take a look at the Gallery Of My Mother’s Inventory of kitchen implements, farm tools, saws, mallets, meat grinders, ceramics, doodads, gadgets, widgets, and much, much more that fill the cabinets, shelves, tables, counters, and, most prominently, the walls of my mother’s home in the Ozarks.
Leonard Cohen, Bumpmeister
Leonard Cohen is, of course, the source of most such influxes of viewers. According to my analysis of historic trends, if Leonard Cohen would faint on stage on his birthday after introducing a new song during his final concert just after meeting with me backstage, the entire internet would collapse as every viewer would converge on the Heck Of A Guy post describing the event.
Other Dependable Hitmakers
Certain posts tend to transiently but repeatedly serve as viewer magnets. Every few months, for example, another group discovers the story of Professor Giles Brindley and the very personal presentation of his research on chemical induction of penile erections at the 1983 Las Vegas meeting of the American Urological Association, triggering a few hundred hits and many, many horrid puns.
The Latest Heck Of A Guy Rainmaker
Yesterday, this site greeted an extra 300 guests to the well written, interesting, and, all in all, perfectly nice but rarely noticed Onion News Reports On Google Opt-Out Village, an August 2009 homage to the verisimilitude wrought by The Onion in their parody of CNN news coverage, itself a means to devastatingly satirize Google’s “Opt-Out Village,” which is ostensibly Google’s heavy-handed alternative for those individuals who are reluctant to allow Google “access to their most private thoughts and feelings.”
Searching for the source of these 300 fine folks, I landed at Balatarin, which, as everyone knows, “is the most popular web 2.0 website in Persian.”
Well, that explains it. Of course, 300 viewers from “the most popular web 2.0 website in Persian” would converge on September 30, 2010 on a year old article praising the comic chops of The Onion.
After further investigation, the precise link accounting for those 300 visitors was found:
Transformed by Google Translate, this becomes
Logo resembles a news website with the logo of the Islamic Republic Onion
Yep, Heck Of A Guy earned those viewers by cleverly choosing to a graphic (see below), part of which happened to resemble the symbol found, among other places, on the flag of the Islamic Republic.
Today’s Lesson: Even successes in blogging, not unlike successes in raising children, keep one humble.