Blog Impulse Response

Those of you following the blog comments by RSS probably noticed a frenzy of commentary on the bed bug posts last week. Turns out that hackaday.com posted an article mentioning my Hot Box Disinsector on the afternoon of 22 November, producing this blip in the traffic numbers:

Page Views - November 2010
Page Views - November 2010

I noticed the jump shortly before suppertime, at which point the WordPress counters weren’t keeping up with the hit rate: the statistics page produced essentially random numbers for the next day.

About 1/4 of the newcomers (welcome!) read all of the bed bug articles, punching the views up by an order of magnitude. Of course, for a real website, 16k hits per day rounds off to zero, but it’s still invigorating for a simple guy like me.

WordPress.com inserts ads on their blogs, over which I have no control. As nearly as I can tell, most of my articles have such esoteric topics that they attract no ads at all, but, wow, Google sure knows exactly what to do with bed bugs!

Now, I’ll return to my usual practice of fixing stuff and writing about how that goes down…

7 thoughts on “Blog Impulse Response

  1. I’m one of those people that found you via Hack A Day’s link. I’ve since subscribed to the RSS feed and read all of the posts since the bed bug article ;). I was familiar with your automobile desk chair though via some ancient link.

    1. Welcome!

      When a nice car, not too mashed up, appears in the junk yard by the rail trail, I must snag another seat and rebuilt that chair… but not until spring, because it’s too cold for knuckle-busting these days.

  2. does that mean you’l finally tell us the rest of the washing-machine story? :)

  3. I was wondering if you would notice any increase of traffic; hope you don’t mind that I clued them in :-) I liked how you took a few measurements to confirm theory meets reality.

    “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is a difference between theory and practice.”

    – Steve

    1. All I know is, I’m glad the impulse hit after the wrapup went live!

      took a few measurements

      It’s a nasty habit, I’ll admit, but a few measurements (even with barely one significant digit) make me feel better about what I’m doing.

      Thanks kindly, I think…

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