Monday, August 8, 2011

Now Wait Just a Minute

Seriously. And the root beer ones are the whole reason you bought the popsicles in the first place!!!

Anyway. So blogger added that Stats tab . . . what, like, a year ago now? It's been a while. And it's a pretty cool little feature, you know? So fun to see what people are reading and where they're from and stuff. Although I have to admit that right after I post something I tend to drive myself a little bit nuts by constantly checking and rechecking the stats. What do you mean no one's read my new post yet?! It's been, like, 20 whole minutes!!!!

Yeah, I'm a little pathetic.

In more ways than one. Because if you go to the audience sub-tab and check the all time option, mine shows that there has been one view on a Wii. Every time (which, in my defense, is not often) I look at that particular pie chart I see that and think, who the crap is reading my blog on a Wii?

Then I think, oh yeah that was me goofing off on the internet channel on our Wii that one time.

Okay, so I do have my blonde moments. But this is not a story of Lacey being a spaz . . . because let's face it, there are a lot of those.

This is a story of Lacey wondering what is up with you people.

Like I said, I have fun seeing where people are coming from (I seem to be moderately popular in Europe) and what everyone is reading. It's kind of weird, but for being SO not a math person, I'm really kind of a stats person. Anyway . . .

I have this one post - which I am absolutely not going to identify - that has literally THREE TIMES AS MANY views as my second most popular post. And for the last year or whatever since I've discovered this it has completely boggled my mind as to why. I'm sure part of it has to do with the fact that for a while I had a most popular posts list on my side bar, and since it was always the most popular it was always there for random discoverers to click on . . . but at least in my mind that just does not explain why it has so many more views than the other posts in the list. Or why it had been getting more views every week - even more than the new posts from that week. I mean really, what is that about?

So you may have noticed (but probably not . . . I can be realistic sometimes) my little experiment. I took off the most popular posts widget and added the "you may also like" widget at the bottom of each post. And whilst I was asking my awesome Elise friend how to get said widget I told her about my lovely little experiment and she said she had the same thing going on on her blog - one ridiculously popular post and no obvious reason as to why.

So we decided that I should do a poll (and I totally think she should too). Is this mystifying phenomenon just happening to us, or does everyone else have that one post that the internet seems to love for no apparent reason? And is it three times as popular? (I kid you not - this post has 126 views, and the next most viewed post has 42. That is EXACTLY three times more.)

Also: so far my experiment seems to be failing. For, like, two days after switching things up it looked like things might be changing. And then - the very day of my last post, and after I posted it . . . EIGHTEEN people in France read the uber popular post.

Wait. A. Minute. What . . . ? How . . . ? Why . . . ? I am so freaking confused. How did they even find it? Why did they zero in on that one and not read anything else? What is going on here?

I'm beginning to think that maybe blogger is just trying to mess with my mind. To which I say, play nice blogger, what little is there is already messed up enough!

Seriously though, help me and Elise out. Does blogger have something against us? Trying to drive us around another bend? Or is it an equal opportunity messer-wither?

Anyway. That's all. I'll just go back to rocking in a corner and talking to myself. :-)

P. ost S. cript
Okay, so technically this is totally month-old news, but I've been meaning to post a couple of these since I saw them ages ago and I keep forgetting. But they're just too fun not to share!!!


  1. I have one of those posts, but it's ALWAYS coming from a google search of one specific phrase from a show that I don't watch but my post contains the same phrase. I'm sure they are moderately disappointed when clicking over to see I don't mention that show.

    I'm curious what yours is, though.

  2. I'm sure no one remembers it. It was all about typing vs. handwriting . . . and written two years ago today, actually. Oddly, most of my posts from that month are among the perennially most popular. As far as I can tell there isn't any google searching going on that's skewing things. Do. Not. Get it.

  3. This is so funny, because I get crazy about checking the stats thing too. I think it's so interesting to see people in Japan are "reading" my blog. What the heck?

    Yeah, on your one post? I don't know... mine keeps changing, but I have a few top three that always hold those spots within one or two. I still have the top posts gadget thing, so I'm sure that explains why on my blog.

    Now, I've got to go find you post!

  4. I remember that post.

    I'm with Tawnya- my most popular post is because of a google search for a title of a song and it is from 3 years ago

  5. I have no idea how to find which post is the most popular. You'll have to teach me how. ;)

  6. I need to be taught too. I have no idea how to check who or how many are reading my blog.

  7. Really? I thought the stats button was so hard to miss . . . it's right there on the dashboard with the settings/comments/design/edit links.

  8. I'll have to check it, thanks! :)

  9. I've wondered about all this most popular post is about Michael Vick....and I think all the hits come from googling his name and feelings about, "I dislike Michael Vick".