Friday, December 15, 2006

The Traffic-o-meter

Here's a snapshot of my blog traffic over the last 12 months. And, yes, I know this sort of traffic consigns me to "eight-tier blog" status. Anyhow:

What's most interesting -- to me, at least -- is the root cause behind each spike in traffic.

The January, 2006 spike was the result of a tech article that hit the front-page of Digg. The article, entitled "Which language is best for teaching Computer Science?" was a snarky reminder that computer scientists should refrain from pseudo-journalism.

The March spike was another techie post that made Digg's front-page. "Imagine a company that uses only open-source software" was a snarky take on what a software vendor's pitch sounds like to an organization that had become acclimated to the world of free- and open-source software.

Are you bored yet? I'm not, so let's keep going.

The October spike was a snarky peek into the mind of PMSBC's premier journalist. "Keith Olbermann's gonna have a revolution" was linked by Hugh Hewitt's top-notch blog and, by extension,

I call the resulting effect a "Hugh-a-lanche".

Finally, the recent December spike was the result of Charles Johnson, owner of the best blog on the planet, linking to a post. "The Associated Press Pro Journalist Cheat Sheet" was a snarky take on the AP's "reliable sources."

Are you detecting a theme?

Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks for being a reader and Merry Christmakwanzaakkah to you and yours.

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