Thursday, June 16, 2011

Glass House

During the past few weeks I have been seeing a strange phenomenon. My blog, which at the best of times has gotten maybe 60-70 visitors a day, is currently averaging between 250-300 visitors a day. This is rather unnerving since there has been no corresponding increase in comments, which still averages a painfully modest 0-5 a day unless a giveaway is in progress. Not much of an increase in followers either, only five in the past few weeks. I have no idea what prompted this increase in readership, where the readers are coming from or what the new readers think. It's odd. I suspect that it is a passing thing ... and I keep waiting for things to drop back to normal. In the meantime, I feel like I am living in a glass house and I don't know my neighbors. I realize blogging is essentially exhibitionist in nature but the size of this new audience intimidates even an egotist like myself.

11 comments:

Carissa said...

How strangely weird! I imagine one of your posts has something that is making it show up in a popular search right now.

How to figure out what that is is anyones guess though!

mainely stitching said...

Sounds like some sort of automated 'viewing' when search engines and whatnot trawl thru the internet looking for specific things.

I do read - I'm just a terrible one at commenting. Sorry.

santadeb said...

I would suspect you were mentioned in another blog and so they are forwarding here. Nice to know you are enjoyed by so many!

pandy said...

oh, hi. I am one of your new readers. :) It's hard to comment sometimes because I'm new to blogger and don't really know if it's creepy or not to just jump right in with the comments!

stitch_days said...

When you are on your "dashboard" there is an item called Stats. (It's also the last tab across the top when you are in the Design screen). It may be able to give you the link that your new people are coming from. You can narrow the Stats down by week, day, month, etc.
Rita E in AZ

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

You've just made me check my stats!! Upto to 8th June - 20-30 views per day peaking at 40. Since 8th June 100+ views per day.

I have got more new followers though as I've only been blogging a couple of months.
Have you looked at the "traffic section"? It shows you where the most people came from by blog and by search terms. It'd show if they were coming from the new Fantasy blog group we joined.

If followers aren't increasing they could be from other blog hosters rather than Google?

I try to comment but don't always have time!

riona said...

I'd already checked my Traffic Sources ... but that didn't seem to help much since the bulk of the visitors seem to be coming from a French blog and a Dutch blog, neither of which I recognize or have had any previous contact with. So it's still a mystery to me!

Vicky said...

How weird, I have a counter on my blog and the jump in numbers on that some days is amazing. But like you I have the same people commenting etc, and a small increase in followers.

Stitchinowl said...

A little weird! I wonder if a few bloggers mentioned you with a link to your blog. I think newbies tend to visit for a while before commenting.
Carolyn

Donna said...

Well, this reminded me that I hadn't checked my stats in a while. It seems I have a fan in Poland who is driving some traffic to my blog. Wild stuff.

Kay said...

This has happened to me too in recent weeks. Although what I've tracked it down to is Google Images. I posted a picture with a very common search name, and now it pops up when ever some one does a google image search for said item. (In my case it's a type of car.) I'm thinking of removing the picture, or renaming it to something random and meaningless and resetting my stats.

(I don't comment often, but I am a faithful reader of yours!)