Touched by the hand of Gawker!
For some unknown reason, I decided to check my Sitemeter first thing.
At first, I thought there must be some mistake, for I found an incredible number of hits (for me anyway) had amassed within the last 24 hours.
Checking my "referral" link, I quickly discovered that my sudden avalanche of new visits had amassed thanks to a one-liner inGawker:
"New York may be over...but we're sure as hell not going to Jersey Fucking city. (Shithouse rat)."
The result of this one little sentence was, I think, over 2000 hits in two days' time. Small change to some, but to say it was unprecedented for me is the biggest understatement possible.
I guess it's the 21st century equivalent of Warhol's "15 minutes of fame."
When I first started blogging, I tried in my own pathetic way to get more visitors to my site. I occasionally submitted to blog carnivals, for instance, but such strategies resulted in no more than a mini-blip in my stats. I briefly tried BlogClicker and BlogExplosion, but only for a day or so--though perhaps I should have perservered.
In my early blogger days, I was also puzzled by the sheer popularity and "power" of the mega blogs--particularly the ones which amass daily links (usually with at least a modicum of clever commentary) from around the blogosphere. But when I was trying to sell my coop and turned to Curbed--which provides links to various NYC real estate/housing/neighborhood blogs and sites--I saw for myself how valuable such a resource could be, and why folks would come back to it again and again. With millions of blogs out there being updated on a daily basis or more, there's just so much research one can do on one's own when one is obsessed with a topic such as real estate, or media, or gossip, or celebrity gaffes, or gadgets.
Now that the hubbub has subsided, I'm pretty much back to my super-pathetic number of daily hits. But it was fun while it lasted.
Although this was a fluke, I heartily recommend that bloggers install a hit counter if they don't have one. If you are not getting many comments, it can help you see who has visited so you can go there and drop a comment and get some interaction going. Registering with Technorati can also help you keep track of anyone who has linked to you.
Not that it's made me a blogger of note, but at least with my Site Meter in tow I was able to see that I got linked to an uber-blog rather than being completely oblivious to the whole "phenomenon." Thanks, Gawker, for bestowing your grace upon me.