Ten Thousand

Two years ago this month, after many months of teasing Abidemi for her obsessive stats watching, I installed analytics on my blog. Ever since, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with knowing who’s been reading, where they’re from and how they got here.

It leads to some interesting discoveries and results in many un-answered questions. Who are some of my regular visitors in the USA? Why do so many people find me by googling custard creams?
Anyway, this month doesn’t just mark my analytics’ second anniversary, it also saw me reach a landmark of 10,000 visitors. Yesterday morning I realised I was just three visitors away from the magic number, and by lunchtime I’d hit it.
I’d love to be able to tell you that #10,000 was a regular, even exactly who they are, but no. It was just another person who got to me by googling a certain reality TV star.
I daren’t mention his name. In February 2008 I wrote about the TV series ‘The Choir’. Simply by mentioning its frontman, I unleashed the power of google – I got hits from all over the place in the days that followed. As a result, I wrote another post about his stalkers, it amused me greatly but made the problem worse.
In the last 18 months, people have googled this person (I simply can’t speak his name again!) and reached me. As the TV show has travelled the world, so did my visitors – Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel – you name it, it’s been shown there. I still find it hilarious that they have all googled him wanting to know whether he’s gay, single or married – no idea what the answer is to that question!
Last night series number three began and the trickle of visitors that had begun again last week cascaded into 500+ hits in 12 hours. Just goes to show, it’s never the logical things that get you noticed in the random world of the internet…


  1. funny old thing. doubtless linking and tagging your post with this g malone figure have done you no favours by google’s system.

    this is me on my first visit from new oval laptop IP, i was losing my mind juggling personal admin (blog reading) on my work desktop in lunch breaks..


  2. Liz: you’re lucky – most of my hits are still Star Wars related… 10,717 on that one post alone… I only wrote about it once!

    Phil: you have an Oval Laptop? What did you do? Take a hacksaw to it?

  3. I’d meant to mention your Star Wars thing in the post.

    I don’t get it – Malone and custard creams, who’d have thought it!

    Phylis, I love how you keep telling me your IP when it changes, when of course I’ve usually guessed anyway!

  4. Ha, and I’ve never even heard of the man. sounds like a good show, though. I liked Sister Act 2; same concept! 😛

    (Sorry; I went away at the end of August and my Google Reader EXPLODED, and I’m only now catching up…)

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